I believe our Provincial Government requires a reminder that the “Public” portion of a public school system includes all people; regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, voting eligibility, and indeed, religion.
On Thursday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I will be on the steps of the Legislature Building bearing cookies made and decorated by my children to present to the Minister of Education on their behalf as a symbolic reminder that large portions of the public who our elected officials represent have no voice in government yet are indeed worthy of representation.
I will also bring 100 sealed boxes of assorted store bought cookies which is enough for each elected representative to have his or her own box for consumption. I will trust the Minister of Education to oversee distribution and they may thank him personally.
Residents of Morinville who wish to join in this public display of disapproval by providing their own cookie in the name of a child (First name and age only please) can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information so your gift may be received for delivery.
Others both within, and outside of Morinville who may wish to be associated with this public statement can send their name to the same address and I will add it to a list to be presented to the Minister with his cookies.
Should the Minister, and through him, the caucus and assembly choose not to accept these “gifts” from the children and the public, and in so doing symbolically refute their responsibility to ALL children in the public education system, at 2 p.m. the children’s symbolic cookies will one by one be discarded and the name of the forsaken donor represented will be read aloud to the press. The sealed boxes will be donated to the food bank in the name of “The Politically Neglected Children of Morinville” also in front of any press who wish to attend.
I believe cookies are the perfect reminder for the Minister and the Provincial Government. When faced with difficult questions as to why some public school children of Morinville are not in their local public schools, and they feel they can’t answer without upsetting either a voting block or a political task master they can tell the press “Sorry, I can’t help these children; I am too busy eating my cookie”.
Editor’s note: Former Alberta Health Services head Dr. Stephen Duckett ran afoul of the public in November of 2010 for refusing to take reporters’ questions because he was eating a cookie. Duckett was subsequently released from his position.