Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan thanks Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin for her service to Canada and her support for the rights of Indigenous people.
Calgary, AB (June 13th, 2017)
On Monday, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin announced that she will be retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada, effective December 15th, 2017. Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan offered his thanks, stating, “Chief Justice McLachlin will certainly go down in history as one of Canada’s greatest jurists. She is a passionate, intelligent and articulate defender of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a skillful consensus builder who presided over an extraordinary number of unanimous decisions. She is the first female and the longest-serving Chief Justice in Canadian history. She is also proudly from Pincher Creek, and a graduate of the University of Alberta. For these traits, and others, I’d like to sincerely thank her for her service on behalf of the Alberta Liberal Party and all Albertans.”
David Khan added, “I have great respect for Chief Justice McLachlin and her commitment to Indigenous rights, including her willingness to use the term ‘cultural genocide’ to describe the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. Her decisions on Indigenous issues laid the groundwork for many of my professional endeavours and successes as an Indigenous rights lawyer.”
Newly elected Leader David Khan attended Edmonton Pride June 10th, 2017. He was joined at the Pride Parade by a large contingent of Alberta Liberals, including President Karen Sevcik.
Listen to David Khan's interview with CBC Radio Canada (English translation below):
The First Openly-Gay Leader in Alberta
ICI Alberta, Radio-Canada.ca, Saturday, June 10, 2017
The new Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party is the first openly-gay leader in the province, a fact that he pointed out in advance of the Edmonton Pride Parade.
David Khan was elected as the head of the political party last weekend. “I am a proud gay man and I grew up in Alberta, I know the challenges that our youth are confronted with and continue to face,” he declared at the parade.
NDP Premier Rachel Notley was expected to participate in the event. The leaders of the right-wing opposition, Brian Jean, of Wildrose, and Jason Kenney, of the PC party, however, were absent.
Their respective parties said they missed the deadline to participate in the parade, and cited previous engagements for the leaders. They sent deputies instead.
Wildrose and the PCs concluded an agreement in May to unite the two parties, but must first get approval from their memberships.
Rob Williams sits down with newly elected Alberta Liberal leader David Khan to discuss his plans for the party. (click on image to watch)