Reggi Balabanov didn’t mince words when she went up against opponents during the early years of the Campbell administration. Facing off against parents who saw what the provincial Liberal government’s cuts to education would do, Balabanov found it more useful to cultivate a political alliance with then education Minister Christy Clark.
Reggi Balabanov was once the most influential parent in B.C.’s public school system. She was president of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) when Gordon Campbell’s Liberals came to power with the intention of giving parents a greater role in public schools. Balabanov formed a tight relationship with Campbell’s first education minister, Christy Clark, and had as much – if not more – access to the minister as other education partner groups.