Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann encourages Albertans to wear an orange shirt on September 30th as a symbol of hope and reconciliation

“September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, a day we wear a shirt of the same colour as that taken from Phyllis Webstad in 1973 on her first day at a residential school.

“Late September is the time when First Nation’s children were taken from their homes and moved to residential schools. We wear an orange shirt in recognition of not only Phyllis’ suffering, but the suffering of thousands incarcerated at these schools across Canada.

“Wearing the Orange Shirt is a symbol of hope, of a collective desire to find, in many different forms, supportive relationships and respect on the road to reconciliation.

“I believe that through remembrance of history we can forge a better future.

“I am wearing orange tomorrow, and I encourage others to do the same.”


Questions regarding NDP Renewable Energy Targets

 

Statement from Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann on the NDP government program to have 30% renewables by 2030.

“While I applaud any effort to increase the renewable portion of Alberta’s electricity mix, and the health benefits of eliminating coal-fired electricity, the announcement today by Ministers Phillips and McQuaig-Boyd shed very little light on how the government plans to meet their target. This is a massive increase in renewable electricity generation in a market currently over-supplied and with the lowest prices in recent history.

“We aren’t told how they plan to encourage investment, what incentives they will offer new projects or, most importantly, what it will cost government and electricity rate-payers to achieve such a bold target. Albertans and investors need to know how the current market-based system will change.

“Further, they’ve not touched on how they are going to help those whose livelihoods will be severely impacted by the impending changes.

“I am also wary of yet more agencies in Alberta. This government rightfully challenged the profusion of Agencies, Boards and Commissions under the PCs; I‘m hopeful they remember the pitfalls associated with creating new bureaucracies with vague mandates. 

 


David Swann statement on Eid Al-Adha

From Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann
"Today is Eid al-Adha, one of the most holy days in the Islamic calendar. It is a day of prayer, sacrifice and charity; a time for family and community.
As Alberta Muslims gather together to celebrate this holy day, I am reminded once again that the similarities between all Albertans are far greater than our differences.
I wish Muslims here in Alberta and around the world 'Eid Mubarak!'

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