SWANN CALLS ON NDP TO PURSUE LEGAL ACTION ON POLLUTER
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says the government should pursue all legal option to force Domtar Corp. to clean up pollution it left at the former wood preserving plant in Calgary.
“This is a basic question of enforcing a polluter pay model,” says Swann. “Companies need to be aware that they are responsible for the costs of environmental damage done as part of their business.”
Swann conceded that there is some dispute as to whether the province is able to pursue legal action against Domtar because the company does not have a presence in Alberta. However, he emphasized that several legal experts have said the province still has the authority to act.
“Clearly there are some mixed legal opinions about the government’s options but the province has a duty to exhaust all potential options here,” says Swann. “It is the government’s responsibility to hold companies that pollute responsible for their actions.”
TIME TO END THE REVOLVING DOOR OF AHS ADMINISTRATORS
CALGARY, AB (August 25, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says it is time to end the constant changeover of AHS Administrators and establish an independent, arms-length governing board to run Alberta’s health system.
“I congratulate David Carpenter on his appointment as Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services,” says Swann. “However, the reality is he is the third administrator since the position was created barely two years ago. Our system requires more stability than that.”
Swann also noted that Carpenter’s appointment only runs until the end of this year.
“Presumably, there is every likelihood that we will have yet another administrator following the end of Mr. Carpenter’s term. This revolving door needs to stop.”
Swann reiterated previous calls for the NDP government to establish an arms-length governing board to run Alberta’s health system free from political interference.
“We need a new board, consisting of experts that will set and work towards the long term priorities for AHS based on best practices and best evidence.”
Ali Bin Zahid, Alberta Liberal candidate for Calgary-Foothills, welcomes the proposed Calgary NEXT complex, but emphasizes he does not believe taxpayer money should pay for it.
“It’s a wonderful idea and it would be great to have that site remediated, but unless there is a clear benefit to taxpayers, I don’t believe we should be contributing," said Zahid.
With the “Green Line” LRT still unfunded by the Province and our provincial debt load increasing, Ali and the Alberta Liberals believe there are too many other priorities.