UCP plan to privatize health care is wrong for Alberta

Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann has released the following statement regarding the UCP’s plans to privatize health care:

“Those who have a better understanding of how health care works in Alberta know that introducing more private options at this time is wrongheaded. In fact, experience has taught us that the profit motive has not served us well in health care. A properly managed public system can and will deliver a higher quality of care for a lower cost.

“Before making drastic, fundamental changes to health care delivery, Alberta first needs to address the systemic issues from increasing physician and pharmaceutical costs, unnecessary waste and bureaucracy, to long waits at every stage along the spectrum: primary, acute and continuing care.

“The issue of wait times stems directly from the fact that there is a severe lack of investment in disease and injury prevention and a chronic underinvestment in public community care and home care.

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Liberals welcome further legislation to expand protections for GSAs

Calgary, AB (September 28, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan welcomes further legislation to expand protections for Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs).

“I am very pleased to see the Minister of Education heeded my call to require the immediate implementation of GSA policies by every School Board,” says Khan. “This has been a long time coming, and I am glad to see the government is finally doing what is right for student safety and inclusiveness.”

Alberta Liberals were the first party to advocate for LGBTQ2S+ rights and are proud to have been trailblazers in enshrining these rights in law. In 2014, with Motion 503 and Bill 202, Alberta Liberals put the issue of GSAs on the agenda. Since then, the government has resisted fully implementing the provisions of the legislation.

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Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan comments on Patricia Grell blog post on Edmonton Catholic School District.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issued the following statement in response to the blog post by former Edmonton Catholic School District trustee Patricia Grell:

“I want to thank Patricia Grell for both her years of service as an Edmonton District Catholic Board Trustee and for her courage in standing up for issues of democracy, tolerance, and human rights.

In particular, I share her concerns about the discriminatory attitudes towards members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and urge all School Boards to create, adopt and publish their LGBTQ2S+ policies for the public to view. Additionally, I call on the Education Minister to require the immediate implementation of GSA policies by every School Board.

Furthermore, I am concerned by some of the claims of inefficiently spent funds and a dysfunctional governance culture. This is very troubling.

The Alberta Liberals have always championed fiscal responsibility, progressive education policies and fair and accountable government. We will continue to look for ways to improve both the education system and the educational experience of all students.”