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Danielle Smith did not specify when or how the gender identity policy will come into effect.

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    In a video posted to her X account, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday afternoon, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith announced that her government will implement a policy that will affect the gender identity of Alberta minors.

    It's not always an easy conversation to have, the Prime Minister begins in a 7-minute video.

    The ad casts a wide net: gender reassignment surgeries, hormonal therapies, the question of pronouns at school, sex education and athletic competitions.

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    Shortly after the publication, the reactions began to pour in. Kristopher Wells, who holds the Canada Research Chair in public understanding of young people who are members of gender and sexual orientation minorities in Canada, calls the policy draconian.

    He adds that this is an attack against the trans and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. [politics] is not only immoral, it is illegal […]It is an ideological war.

    The first element of this United Conservative Party policy concerns medical gender transitions. Danielle Smith announces that Albertans under the age of 18 will not be able to access transition surgeries.

    Both for top and bottom surgeries , specifies Danielle Smith.

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    Hormonal therapies will be prohibited for those under 16 years of age. With the exception of adolescents who are already undergoing treatment.

    For minors aged 16 and 17 who wish to start hormonal therapies , the consent of parents and a psychologist will be mandatory.

    The province says it is seeking one or more adult health specialists to ensure people transitioning have access to an expert in Alberta […] instead of having to travel to Quebec, as is currently the case.

    Minors aged 15 and under will have to obtain the consent of their parents to change their first name and/or pronoun at school, as has been the case in Saskatchewan for several months.

    For minors aged 16 and 17, parental consent will not be necessary, but they must still be informed of their child's desire to change their first name and/or pronouns.

    Alberta parents will also be notified whenever gender identity, sexual orientation and sexual relationships are discussed in class. Parents will also have to give prior consent for a teacher to include these topics in their curriculum.

    In addition, all material related to identity gender and sexuality education from an external organization must pass approval from the Ministry of Education before being presented to students.

    Danielle Smith clarifies that if there is abuse within the family unit stemming from a desire to change pronouns, child protection laws will be strictly enforced.

    The government also wants to set up a pilot project to offer consultation services to parents of transgender children.

    Danielle Smith argues that when competing in sports, there are obviously biological realities that give trans women a huge advantage.

    An advantage that creates division and sometimes dangerous situations for women and girls, including trans women, specifies the Prime Minister.

    The government will work with provincial sports lines to create women's only divisions.

    Gender neutral divisions will also be implemented.

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