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Conservative Values

Being a creationist conservative in Canada 'gives your opponents a tremendous amount of ammunition'

Alberta premier Jim Prentice's hand-picked education minister Gordon Dirks told forum attendees last weekend that he was an "Old Earth guy" - a reference to a doctrine of Creationism that generally rejects biological evolution.

Mr. Dirks has declined to clarify his views. He's also declined to comment on whether or not he accepts the scientifically accepted understanding of evolution when asked directly by the Post.

"The Minister isn't going to comment on his political opponents' purposely manipulated recollections of private conversations... He supports the existing curriculum and the government ensures schools follow it," said Mr. Dirks' spokesperson, David Heyman, who added that questions about creationism were posed by members of the centre-left Alberta party in a bid to corner and embarrass the minister.

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