Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann released the following statement in response to the release of the 2017 second quarter opioid report:
“I am deeply troubled and saddened by the fact that another 119 Albertans have tragically lost their lives in the last three months due to opioids.
“The number of people in the province dying from fentanyl overdoses each quarter remains unacceptably high. Over the past six months, fentanyl has taken 241 lives, and that number is projected to reach 480 by the end of year.
“This dramatic increase in deaths over the previous year illustrates the fact that, despite its best efforts, the NDP government still does not have a handle on this crisis.
“While the report calls this year’s number of overdose deaths ‘significant’, I find it horrifying, especially given that they are entirely preventable.
And, while the government claims ‘the trend appears to be ‘stabilizing’ since there were three fewer deaths from the previous quarter, I see the overall number of deaths as further evidence of a lack of progress.
Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann is calling on the NDP government to stop the clearcutting of Kananaskis Country and Highwood Pass.
“There is a responsible way and a place for logging. This is neither,” says David Swann. “They are rapidly clearing massive swaths of trees from well-known tourist and recreation areas.
“The NDP must show better environmental leadership. They must put a stop to this immediately, review the contracts, and examine other sites.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issued the following statement in response to the violent incidents this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia:
“I was horrified and disgusted by the racist rhetoric and the senseless violence that occurred in Charlottesville this weekend.
“Events like these serve as chilling reminders of the preciousness of human life, the fragility of social progress, and the need to oppose racism, bigotry, and intolerance whenever and wherever it surfaces.