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Motions Other than Government Motions (Private Members' Motions)

These are private members' routine motions to ask the government to take an action or adopt a policy.  As well, these motions give private members the opportunity to bring to light issues that are especially meaningful to them.

A private member's motion:

Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the government, given the cultural uniqueness of Alberta's deaf community and the linguistic uniqueness of American Sign Language,

1) to recognize American Sign Language as a language of the deaf in Alberta and

2) to incorporate it into Alberta's grade school and postsecondary curriculum as an available language of instruction (Hansard, June 19, 1990, p. 2023.)

This motion asks the government to take two steps.  The member who moved the motion was able to talk about the effects these steps would have on the people concerned; that is, the deaf community.  Other members from all parties also debated the motion, all of them agreeing with its requests.

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Reproduced from the Teacher's Guide to the Alberta Legislature, 1993 with the kind permission of the Legislative Assembly Office.
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