Statement from CUPE AB President Rory Gill

Yesterday the Alberta government chose to make some of the most vulnerable people in our society even less safe.

Trans youth are five times more likely than others to self-harm or be harmed by others. Instead of offering support, which can sometimes save lives, our Premier has told them that if they suffer abuse they can file a complaint — after the fact.

Trans people are people. They are friends, neighbours, and co-workers. They deserve love, support, and above all – safety. Shame on Danielle Smith for taking that away.

CUPE members who work with students every day will continue to fight for the dignity, protection and safety of trans youth. Even as the government pushes in the opposite direction.