Calgary, AB (June 26, 2017): Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann says that repeated incidents of vandalism aimed at pride symbols shows more work is needed to change attitudes.
“Alberta has come a long way in accepting and celebrating the LGBTQ2+ community,” says Swann. “However, the recent burning of a pride flag in Taber clearly shows more work is needed to change some negative attitudes and behaviours.”
Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan Demands a Crackdown on Political Action Committees
Calgary, AB (June 22, 2017)
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is demanding the government introduce strict regulations for political action committees (PACs) to stop unscrupulous fundraising on both the right and left.
Jason Kenney's conservatives set up a PAC called “Unite Alberta" that has apparently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his PC leadership campaign. He reneged on a campaign pledge to release donors’ names and be transparent about expenditures.
Now, former Progressive Conservative PresidentKatherine O’Neill is the Executive Director of a new PAC called “Alberta Together.” She claims it has already raised $100,000 and is working towards $500,000 to support the creation of a new party for disaffected PCs
Alberta Together is hosting a meeting in Red Deer this Saturday
The Alberta Liberal Party will not be attending that meeting.
“We need bold action to reduce the impact of big money on Alberta politics,” says Khan. “Unregulated third-party fundraising and spending are corrupting the democratic process."
Khan is proposing strict regulations, including the banning of corporate and union donations to PACs, setting donation limits, and making donations to PACs above $250 and PAC expenditures transparent to the public.
“Alberta has the opportunity to be a national leader in democratic accountability and electoral finance reform.
“This NDP Government should not abdicate its responsibility to ensure our democracy cannot be bought.”
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Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan condemns that almost a quarter of Alberta school boards may not have LGBTQ2S+ policies to protect students.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is deeply concerned about the safety of LGBTQ2S+ students at Alberta schools and is demanding the NDP government take action immediately.
A leaked Alberta Health Services report suggests up to 22 per cent of Alberta school boards may not have LGBTQ2S+ policies in place and available.
David Khan says, “I am shocked that so many school boards have not followed provincial requirements to develop and submit their LGBTQ2S+ policies. It’s been 2 years since the policy was issued and nothing has been done. This is intolerable. The NDP government should have acted sooner and with more resolve. What are they waiting for?”
Mr. Khan adds, “Pride Month is more than marching in parades. The NDP Government and the Education Minister must show backbone and implement a meaningful, binding and mandatory, province-wide LGBTQ2S+ school policy. Some school boards continue to flout the law and put students at risk.”
David Khan will be available for comment between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2017.