Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issued the following in response to UCP leadership candidate Jason Kenney's PAC donations:
"This is undemocratic. This is wrong.
"Through his Political Action Committee ("PAC") "the Alberta Advantage Fund", Jason Kenney has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate donations. Worse yet, he's raised $30,000 from out-of-province corporations in the last quarter.
"An individual vying to be the next premier of our province shouldn't be bought and paid for by large corporate donations, especially when those donations come from outside our province. It shows poor judgment and a "win at any cost" mentality from the former Harper minister.
Calgary, AB (October 11, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan released the following statement in reaction to the release of the first Alberta Trans Youth Survey:
“I’m deeply saddened to see that so many trans youth in Alberta continue to be targeted by discrimination and violence. While trans issues have started to achieve increased awareness in recent years, this report is a sobering reminder that we still have a long way to go before trans persons - and particularly trans youth - feel safe and accepted in our society.
“One urgent step that we need to take in this regard is providing better health supports for the trans community. Alberta lags far behind other provinces on LGBTQ2S+-inclusive health care. As recently as February of this year, my colleague Dr. David Swann drew attention to Calgary’s Metta Clinic, one of the only health resources available for trans youth in the province, which at the time only received enough funding to operate for one day a month. Over 500 Albertans recognized that three years is an utterly unacceptable wait time for such a vulnerable group and signed our petition to increase funding for the clinic. Edmonton, too, suffers from fragmented medical supports which need to be addressed.
“Further, we need to ensure that trans youth feel safe in their schools, where they spend most of their days. I am calling on Education Minister David Eggen to add specific accommodations and supports for trans youth into the School Act, such as the right to access gender-neutral washrooms and to change their names and pronouns in school records. These accommodations and supports are included in the Minister’s “optional” LGBTQ guidelines - which should be mandatory.
“Trans youth in Alberta need to know they are supported, and they are loved. Our government needs to take more tangible measures to demonstrate that.”
Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann released the following statement to mark World Mental Health Day:
“One of the key findings of the Mental Health Review showed serious underfunding for mental health treatment in Alberta – only six per cent of the overall health care budget. This has led to critical deficiencies and severe delays in access to care, particularly when it comes to culturally sensitive services for Indigenous peoples.
“However, increased funding is only part of the solution. Each of us has a role to play in helping those struggling with mental distress. We need to talk more, and more publicly, about these issues, and be ready to reach out to those around us who may be suffering.
“On this World Mental Health Day, let us be mindful of the impact we have on the mental well-being of others, and make a sincere effort to build honest and open relationships in order to be able to encourage others get help when they need it.”