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Privacy Breach Another Black Mark Against PC Government

CALGARY, AB (July 3, 2014): News that Education Minister Jeff Johnson was offside with privacy legislation in a mass mail out to teachers is another black mark against a PC government that continues to lose the trust of teachers and parents, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister said today.

On Feb. 6, 2013 Education Minister Jeff Johnson contacted teachers using both business and personal information of 34,328 teachers.  Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton found the disclosure of teacher names and personal email addresses was not authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

“Using the personal information of our teachers and failing to follow the letter of the law to push a PC partisan agenda is yet another misstep from a Minister who continues to lose the trust of parents and teachers across the province,” McAllister said.  “This government, once again, chose pushing the boundaries to push their own agenda instead of doing responsible outreach with teachers and their representatives.”

McAllister called for Johnson to apologize to teachers to apologize for his and his department’s conduct.

“There’s a reason why this legislation is in place, it is not a recommendation, it’s the law,” McAllister said.  “The Minister owes these teachers an apology.”