Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
July 19, 2010
WCR Letters to the Editor
No place for a candidate to explain her platform
I read with interest your editorial on the importance of Catholics electing suitable candidates for Catholic school boards in Alberta in the upcoming election ("Today's Catholic trustees must ask the hard questions," WCR, June 7).
I am running as a candidate for the new ward, Ward 72. I would like to introduce myself to parishioners by speaking at Mass but was warned by other trustees that the priests don't usually allow this since candidates for school trustee are seen as running for a political office.
I tested this theory by phoning St. Charles Parish and was told that not only could I not speak at Masses but there was no room in their parish bulletin since ad space is booked a year in advance and there were no parish social events in the near future at which I could introduce myself to parishioners directly.
The trustees have also warned me that no campaigning is allowed on school grounds although the school does allow pamphlets to be sent home through the students' backpacks once, close to the date of the election.
How will Catholics get to know the candidates?
I will have to go to secular community league barbecues and advertise in secular newspapers.
Thankfully, we have the WCR, which will assist me in getting my name and platform out to Catholics.
John Acheson in his response to your editorial stated, "The trustees will have to boldly engage the Catholic community in the necessary discussion on Catholic education and its identity if we are not to find ourselves in the same situation as has happened elsewhere in Canada where the Catholic community lost their Catholic schools."
It is difficult for candidates to "boldly engage the Catholic community" if we are not allowed on parish or school grounds.
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