Earlier this week, Mary Polak called the children and youth representative's court action to get confidential cabinet documents a "waste of scarce resources." But it should also be noted the minister of children and family development was also involved in what some would call a was a "waste of scarce resources." Back when she was a Surrey school trustee, Ms. Polak and her colleagues passed a resolution declining to approve three books depicting same-sex parented families for use as teaching materials. The reason: the board felt those books might create controversy among parents who had a religious objection to the morality of same-sex relationships. That resolution resulted in a legal fight that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and cost the district $1.2 million. So which is more of a waste: an effort to get confidential cabinet documents or an effort to, in effect, ban three books from being used as teaching materials?
May 6, 2010