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Hector Goudreau resigns from committee over letter controversy
Matt Nodge, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:05AM MST
MLA Hector Goudreau stepped down from his position as chair of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Development after allegations of bullying school officials were leveled toward him.
The Holy Family School Board in Grimshaw, recently produced a video showing the disrepair of their local school. The intent of the video was to remind the province about the need for a new facility.
A letter sent from Groudreau to the superintendent of the Holy Family School Board suggested the board needed to be "cautious" in its communications if it wanted a timely decision on a new school.
The letter went on to suggest that "In order for your community to have the opportunity to receive a new school you and your board will have to be very diplomatic from here on out."
Accepting Goudreau's committee resignation Premier Allison Redford said she didn't think the comments in the letter were appropriate, saying she believes it's "entirely appropriate" for boards to advocate on behalf of their schools.
Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman said Monday this is typical of how the conservative government operates.
"Hector Goudreau told the truth," Sherman Said, "And the truth is if you say something in the province you are going to lose funding."
Goudreau, who has been the member for Dunvegan-Central Peace for more than a decade apologized to his fellow conservative MLA's for the backlash his letter has caused, and admitted he regretted the way it was written.
With files from Kevin Armstrong