Thursday 25 September 2008

Calgary Board of Education supports the CPC ???

As much as I love politics, I still think there are certain groups who should remain non-partisan; school boards for example. Yet nearly everyday of this federal election I am getting the message that the Calgary Board of Education supports the Conservative Party of Canada.

Now they don’t have this information on their website; nor have I seen any mailers with their support. However; one of Calgary’s largest high schools has had one of Jim Prentice’s signs predominately displayed on school property for most of the campaign.

This is not some small sign that an over zealous campaign worker put up without thinking. It is a sign rented from Brite Signs, the type that require a vehicle to move. They also normally have to schedule a set up and take down time. And in this case I suspect they also required permission to enter the grounds to place the sign.

Realistically, I am pretty sure the agreement to place this sign on school property ended at the school level and the board is likely not even aware of it. You cannot see the name of the school in the photo, but it is James Fowler High School. It is on a prime corridor in this riding. A street; where on the opposite side, all parties suffer massive vandalism of signs. Yet this one is untouched.

A search of the school’s directory will show you a NJ Prentice. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. Too bad my son has graduated; I always meant to ask his Social Studies teacher if she was related to Jim.

I absolutely support politics being discussed at the high school level; I just don't think a school should openly support one party. Personally, I think the sign should be moved. We have room on our lawn, though not near as much traffic. ;)

Editted @ 4:15 to add: I now have confirmation that NJ is related to Jim...

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