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Parents' rights law to proceed in Alberta

A controversial new law in Alberta that expands parents' rights in the classroom will go ahead this fall despite objections from Education Minister Dave Hancock.

The legislation, which the government passed in June, gives parents the right to pull their children out of classes that deal with religion, human sexuality and sexual orientation.

Mr. Hancock, a veteran Progressive Conservative minister, told reporters yesterday he requested a delay so the provincial education system could have at least one more year to prepare for the new parental rights provision, the first of its kind in Canada.

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However, Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett told The Globe and Mail he doesn't "see any reason to wait," (his ministry spearheaded the legislation because it deals with the human rights act), and he expects the law will be proclaimed by November, at the latest.

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