SWANN SUPPORTS AMENDMENT TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann announced his support for an amendment to Bill 2 that will lower Alberta’s small business tax rate from three to two per cent.
“In the last election Alberta Liberals campaigned on a promise to help small businesses in these tough economic times,” says Swann. “The amendment proposed by the Official Opposition does that, and I will support it.
“Too much of the debate surrounding Bill 2 thus far has been rooted in ideology, with both sides claiming the others beliefs will bring ruin to the province. With this amendment we have an opportunity to do some good for small businesses that are struggling.
“Small businesses are the key to diversifying our economy and we need to ensure that they can manage through the current economy and continue to grow. Lowering the small business tax rate would help with that.
“At the beginning of this session the new government made a powerful statement by reaching across the aisle and seeking to cooperate with other parties. I call on them to do so again by accepting this amendment.”
CALGARY, AB (June 21, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement marking National Aboriginal Day:
“Today is an opportunity to remember the role that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people have played in making our country such a remarkable place to live. To be sure, that history contains innumerable stories of broken barriers and different peoples building communities together in friendship and cooperation.
“However, there is no forgetting and no question that too much of that shared history is a shameful chronicle of abuses, mistreatment, and cultural genocide.
“This year in particular it is my sincere hope that, in the aftermath of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will begin to turn a corner in that shared history towards healing and a new beginning.
“The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has come to an end. The work of the rest of us in implementing their recommendations, and creating a new relationship with our aboriginal populations, must now begin.
“Only together can we heal past wounds and achieve a healthy future.”
DR SWANN INTRODUCES LONG-TIME ADVOCATES FOR FARM SAFETY IN THE HOUSE
EDMONTON, AB, June 18, 2015
Today in the house, Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann introduced Eric Musekamp and Darlene Dunlop, prominent advocates for updating Alberta’s arcane Occupational Health and Safety regulations which currently do not protect paid farm workers.
The introduction comes on the 9th anniversary of the death of farmworker Kevan Chandler in a silage elevator who, without WCB coverage, left a widow and two children. Mr. Chandler’s widow then spent the next six years in court before, thanks to a compassionate lawyer, finally receiving a settlement.
Swann hopes that the introduction of Musekamp and Dunlop and the sharing of Kevan Chandler’s story will encourage the government to, at long last, bring Alberta out of the 19th century to join the rest of the country in providing OHS and WCB coverage to paid farm workers.