On behalf of the Alberta Liberal Party I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I hope during this special time of year you have the opportunity to connect with family and friends and enjoy the spirit of the Season. This Christmas I invite you to reflect on the good will we can show our fellow man in pursuit of a more just and peaceful coexistence.
I look forward to the positive change we can bring in the New Year.
Statement from Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann on the passing of Dr. V K Thapar
Calgary, AB (December 16, 2016):
“Today we learned of the passing away of Dr. V K Thapar.
“Dr. Thapar was a tireless champion for the South Asian Community in Edmonton and a true Liberal, helping elect many candidates both provincially and federally over the past four decades.
“His loss will be deeply felt by all those who knew him.
“We express our sincerest gratitude for his service and our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”
Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann welcomed today’s release of the final report of the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
“I am pleased to see this first step towards legalization of recreational cannabis,” said Dr. Swann. “Under the current regulatory regime, this is a substance that has tied up enormous resources in our justice system to very little benefit.
“My one concern is the task force’s recommendation that the minimum purchase age be established at 18,” Dr. Swann added. “Exposure to cannabis has been shown to have harmful effects on the developing brain, which have the potential to create permanent damage that will last a lifetime. Recent evidence supports setting the limit at 21 years at minimum, which I hope the federal government will consider.”
Now that the report has been published, Dr. Swann is waiting to see what legislation is tabled in the new year.
“The Task Force has done excellent work, but it is now Parliament who decides which recommendations become law. We need a responsible legal framework around recreational cannabis use, in particular on matters of regulating vendors, monitoring and enforcement, and taxation.
“I commend the federal government for beginning the process of legalization, and look forward to further developments.”