Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swamm comments on proposed minimum wage hikes

In response to today’s announced increase to the minimum wage, Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann called on the government to listen to the concerns of business owners and recognize that the timing and scale of the change will have a major impact on both business solvency and employment.

The minimum wage increase comes not only during an economic downturn but at a time when businesses are adjusting to new taxes, and an increase in Canadian Pension Plan premiums. With many small businesses already struggling with the economic downturn, a dramatic increase in the minimum wage could hurt entrepreneurs and workers alike. 

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Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann welcomes expanded Sunshine List, reiterates call for merit-based appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann today welcomed the publishing of the province’s expanded “Sunshine List,” and reiterated his call for the NDP to implement a merit-based system for appointments to Alberta’s agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs).

Today marks the deadline for ABCs to publicly release their executive salaries. Going forward, ABCs will now be required to publicly disclose all compensation paid to board members – a change that should help restore at least some measure of accountability to a system where patronage and entitlement were allowed to fester under previous administrations. While Swann applauds the progress on compensation transparency, he warns that more can and should be done to depoliticize the appointment process for ABCs.

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PTSD Awareness Day

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement to mark Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day:

“Today is the first PTSD Awareness Day in Alberta. This day was declared unanimously in the Legislature this year to raise awareness about those among us who suffer from PTSD, sometimes without anyone knowing.

“Traumas happen in life, in death, and in all ages. How we manage them depends on personal resources, family support, and professional services. No judgement or shame should be attached to the different expressions of trauma in our lives, only help. 

“This inaugural PTSD Awareness Day reminds us all of life’s fragility and our need for each other. It is not weakness to struggle with trauma, nor is it failure to reach out to others for support. Today I encourage all Albertans to educate themselves about the effects of trauma. I also call on organizations in fields with high risk of trauma to step up their awareness efforts and access to appropriate, evidence-based programs for those at high risk.

“When we show sufferers of PTSD that their community understands and cares for them, we make it easier for them to connect through honest relationships and find the help they need.”