Happy Chinese New Year!

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Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann celebrates Chinese New Year

David Swann issued the following statement to mark the beginning of the Spring Festival, which celebrates the Chinese New Year:

“Today begins a week of celebration, as the Chinese community both here in Alberta and around the world ushers out the old year and welcomes a new one. According to the Chinese Zodiac, we are entering the year of the Fire Rooster; I hope that Chinese Albertans enter it with the confidence and leadership they share with their zodiac sign.

“On behalf of myself and the Alberta Liberals, I wish our Chinese neighbours and friends prosperity and good fortune in this new year. 恭喜发财, 萬事如意!”

 


Injury Prevention Funding Cuts

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann urges Health Minister to reconsider injury prevention cuts

Calgary, AB (January 27, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann wrote to the Health Minister Sarah Hoffman today to express his concerns over funding cuts to the University of Alberta’s Injury Prevention Centre.

Last year, the Centre’s funding was abruptly reduced from $1,585,500 to $1 million – a dramatic cut of nearly 37 per cent. Prior to that, funding had remained stagnant for almost ten years.

Dr. Swann is calling on the Health Minister to reinstate or at least boost funding for the Injury Prevention Centre in Budget 2017, given the effectiveness of prevention initiatives in promoting health and reducing health care and economic costs.

 


Remembering the Holocaust

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Calgary, AB (January 27, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement on International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust:

“Today we remember those deliberately and horrifically murdered by the Nazi state. Millions of people were relentlessly persecuted and killed for their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation by Adolf Hitler and his regime.

“This is a day where we remind ourselves that hatred and prejudice has a cost that is all too often paid in lives. When we look back on these atrocities, we must keep in mind that ‘never again’ is more than just a hope, it is a commitment – to standing up for the rights of those that are different and refusing to be divided by fear.”