PC MLA Ken Lemke (second from left) was among those who attended the official unveiling of the Prairie Christian Academy modernization last November.
An Alberta school funded fully by taxpayers and answerable to a public board requires teachers to abstain from “homosexual relations” and warns students that the unjust risk everlasting torment in the “lake of fire.”
An opposition critic expressed shock Sunday that the Conservative government recently committed to spending $7 million to modernize and expand Prairie Christian Academy (PCA), despite the fact the Three Hills facility displays policies on its website that “fly in the face” of both the province’s human rights legislation and the country’s Constitution.
“Fifteen years after the Supreme Court outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it is unbelievable this is still happening,” Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said.
“I am starting to question what oversight Minister Jeff Johnson and his education department are providing to the system.”
A private religious school founded more than seven decades ago, Prairie Christian Academy joined the Golden Hills School Division in 2003, a decision the school’s website says allowed it to get increased public funding.
While parents still pay nominal fees for religious education, the regular program of study, busing and even lease and utility costs are fully covered by the local board.