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I forgot to add that New York is doing the COMPLETE OPPOSITE. Who knows more about this? I'll add up top. https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/AUTISMACTION/Campaigns/110786/Respond

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Agree with you. I was amazed on listening to it yesterday, and am also interested in the backstory. I think on the sports aspect, Linda Blades may have been helpful, from a comment someone made. This is a good example of how much better off we would be if folks didn’t view this through a partisan lens. While Smith is conservative politically, from what I see, I thought everything about this, including her empathetic presentation, is a model Ds and Rs alike could and should follow. I did have some question marks on the age limits, but going for perfection right about now is hardly sensible, and the approach she laid out will prevent a lot of harm, if enacted.

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I don't know what specifically led to this policy inside the Alberta government, but over the past six months or so several provinces with conservative governments have begun adopting rules about parental notification or consent to change names and pronouns in schools. At the same time the federal Conservative Party is surging in the polls. The federal Conservative Party convention recently adopted policy resolutions calling for limits on hormone therapy and transgender surgery for minors, and protecting women's spaces. So I think there's more room to have these discussions in Canada now than there was a few years ago.

I'm not surprised that Alberta is the first province in Canada to adopt this policy. Alberta has a reputation for being politically conservative and is sometimes called "Canada's Texas", even though it it probably politically closer to a midwestern swing state. They tend to go their own way politically and ignore the orthodoxy coming out of central Canada, as they also did during COVID.

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As a democratic socialist i applaud this attempt at clear policy. However a few issues;

1. hormones and blockers 16/17 is still too young to undergo such potential permanent harm including sterilization

2. Alberta needs to work on language: hers is confusing. “Female” is a biological state, not an identity state. So she should refer to “trans identified boys” in sport not “transgender females” - that would be a trans identified girl aka a trans boy or trans man! Confused? That’s the point!

This matters also because as a child identity is not rigid, “trans girl” implies something fixed, wile trans identified male tells us the biologically male child currently identifies as a girl. This language matters, because sex matters

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Im canadian. This is excellent.

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Feels like there’s an adult in the room

Getting “backbone” mom vibes 😉neither “jellyfish” nor “brick wall”

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This makes me hopeful that sane and nuanced voices may actually emerge. Thanks for posting this, Lisa!

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Be amazed as much as you like but she is depicted as the devil in the media currently and they promise to fight back. I saw in La Presse this morning that people are lawyering up against the policy. There are 3 provinces going that route at this time, and us, in Québec, are disgusted, apparently, which means that my boy could be called a girl at school and I wouldn’t know. Justin will fight back at her.

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Danielle Smith is the only politician I've encountered during my lifetime whom I like MORE after she's attained office than I liked when she was running.

She was a bit of a flame-thrower when she was on the sidelines, sort of dumb conservative agitprop stuff. I voted Conservative in the last election (not that it matters in my riding, which in a rigidly NDP university town) because the NDP have lost their damn minds, but I liked Rachel Notley as a person more than I liked Danielle Smith as a person.

but now: I'm ride or die! I'll campaign for her to the ends of the earth, she's done something the national party leader (Pierre Polievre) hasn't come close to having the sand to do. We need more -- men OUT of women's prisons, for example. But this is a real start.

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It happened through a local grassroots organization called Take Back Alberta who kind of took over the Governing party’s board. They attended the policy conference and put forward these proposals which were voted on by the party and carried. They have also started getting involved in school trustee elections. They are trying to solve issues locally with citizen participation. There is backlash and name calling of course. Also, I believe fasting and prayer movements help

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Needs rewrite. You can't "alter your biological sex." Perhaps "alter your biological sex characteristics" would work. Removing breasts does not alter the biological sex of the woman removing her breasts, but it does alter her secondary sex characteristics. Otherwise, bully for Alberta and its premier.

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This is certainly is an outstanding start. I think this is a great template for any leader who needs a direction on how to push back on the current barreling forward of the gender cult. While I understand she couldn’t address every detail in a statement like this, a reminder that parents rights should be the default position would have been good. Also, questioning or disagreeing with the “gender affirming” model is not bullying.

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This is sanity. Trans activist already talking about the premier having blood on her hand though. As a Norwegian it' good to see that the woke madness in Canada is meeting resistance. Of course, the new policy is not extreme anti trans in any way, basically return to sanity as we now see in Europe

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Wow! How refreshing. I am skeptical that liberals won’t tear this apart and her comments will become political as everything, even unpolitical at the outset, seems to. Yet, I am hopeful! So incredibly sane and compassionate. Love it!

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This is just so sensible!

I have no previous knowledge of Danielle Smith but she seems impressive.

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As another commenter suggested, the right to "alter one's biological sex" isn't even on the table. This language makes the premier appear kind of ignorant.

I have other quibbles with the policies, mainly the requirement for parental approval of any sex-related instruction. I can easily imagine parents who, for religious or other reasons, will keep their children from getting basic information on preventing pregnancy and STDs. Maybe that kind of instruction isn't very effective anyway, but this policy does smack of prudishness rather than child safeguarding. I'd rather leave in the sex ed and do away entirely with any instruction on the unscientific topic of gender.

Also, I don't understand the decision to give 16- and 17-year-olds access to hormonal treatments as long as they're judged to be mature enough. We all know that kids get online coaching in what to say to make sure they get those "life-saving" treatments, including whatever one must say to demonstrate maturity.

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As a liberal Democrat in New York, I applaud this voice of reason from Alberta, Canada.

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This is great, I’m feeling a huge relief to know that (at least a couple of) Canadian government officials are taking this long-overdue, sane approach to children and gender ideology, medicalization, and sports. However it also makes me feel a bit sad because I’m from British Columbia, which always seems to be at political odds with Alberta (Alberta having a long history of being far more conservative than other provinces), and I just hope that other provinces, including those which are far more liberal-leaning (such as BC, Ontario, Quebec) will follow Alberta’s lead with this! Alberta seems to be the only sane province in this country when it comes to these issues! Hopefully Trudeau (whom I now regret that I voted for, btw) doesn’t win the next election, because he’s a big contributor to the insanity around these (and many other) issues in Canada right now. Maybe if things get better up there my daughter and I will move back from the states to Canada one day… But thank god finally some words of sanity coming from the Canadian government!!!

Thanks 😊

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1.6m thumbs ups. You're not the only.

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Feb 1·edited Feb 1

I live in California. This is the most reasonable sane announcement about policy I have yet to hear. If I had a way to send that link to Governor Newsom, who opened up this state to help minors transition, I would. This woman will save many lives.

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I would ask can similar broad policies be rolled out in the U.K.? Currently they seem to be disjointed and done by different siloed governments departments.

I am sharing this with my friends in Australia, we can only dream of anything like this there.

We should keep in mind that this is one Canadian province with a population of around 4.5million.

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This might be a step in the right direction, but the idea that anyone over 18 is fine to make these decisions is wrong. And blockers and/or hormones (with parental and physician consent) at 17 or 18 is not right. I don't trust that the psychological "experts" will be helping adults to feel comfortable in their bodies. I also wish politicians would stop using the word transgender youth. They are not transgender. They have body dysmorphia and other mental health conditions. The language she is using still acknowledges the myth of the "transgender child or young person" (or adult for that matter). I get that Smith is likely trying to placate the activists, but she is not doing enough to expose the core of this harmful ideology.

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This isn't necessarily relevant to this discussion, but as a Canadian living in the US, I object to the headline, "Canadian Sanity ...". Alberta (or Quebec or Nova Scotia) can no more be lumped into "Canada" than New York can accurately represent the US. Politics in Canada is as diverse as it is in the United States and I get tired of fielding questions about "Canada" (from politics to climate to culture etc.) Canada doesn't have the population that the US has, but it is still a large and diverse country!

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Well, with puberty blockers prohibited until the mid teens we would at least be sacrificing fewer children upon the alter of medical experimentation.

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What a common sense attitude; we need this in England.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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I'm glad she did this even though it fuels the "This is a right-wing conservative only position" (which it's so not, but the liberals and NDP parties both federal and provincial keep making that claim). I'm frustrated those politicians are reacting in predictable ways when I know they have zero understanding of the issue and only have ears for activists. I'm hopeful this will open conversations about this in Canada. She will get so much backlash but maybe she's the right person to withstand that. I'm one of those progressive liberal types until the gender issue turned me upside down. I would have shrugged her off as "wrong about everything" simply for being conservative but I now have greater tolerance of other views, because of the gender issue. Unfortunately the Trudeau federal liberals will likely throw more money to activist groups as a way to counter her actions. It's so irrational how they think their position is simply the right one when they refuse to actually look at it.

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The new policies she laid out seem to come from a place of thoughtful consideration for the health and social well being of children. While not perfect (definitely not perfect), they are a huge step in the right direction. This policy will spare many children from harm, and keep many families intact. I’d jump for joy if a politician in the U.S., perhaps a president or presidential candidate, had the courage to do what she has done, is trying to do.

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Would Eva Kurilova know the backstory?

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Interestingly in B.C., next door, they seem to be moving away from parental consent wrt drugs...

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/b-c-plans-to-give-safer-supply-fentanyl-to-minors-and-parents-wont-have-a-say

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