Calgary, Alberta (October 1, 2017): “On behalf of the Alberta Liberal Party, I wish to express our support for the people of Edmonton after the suspected terrorist attack yesterday that seriously injured an on-duty Edmonton Police Service officer and injured a number of innocent people enjoying a night out. I am profoundly concerned and shocked by this senseless tragedy.
“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and Edmontonians affected by this violence. My heartfelt thanks go to the first responders who treated the wounded, and the law enforcement personnel who have been working tirelessly to secure our province’s capital and ensure we are safe. A week after the annual Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day, we are bleakly reminded of how dangerous their jobs are and what sacrifices police officers and their families make to protect us.
“As the investigation continues, let us come together as Albertans to isolate extremism and hatred in our communities. Our province’s diversity and multiculturalism are what will give us the resilience and strength to overcome this distressing and terrible incident.”
Calgary, AB (September 29th, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan released the following statement on the increase to the minimum wage:
“First, I want to make it abundantly clear that I support increasing the minimum wage in order to help those who are struggling with poverty. Despite holding full-time or multiple part-time jobs, many lower-income Albertans still have trouble making ends meet. This needs to change, and increasing the minimum wage is one tool that is available to the government.
“However, continual minimum wage increases will undoubtedly have consequences for small business owners, who are also facing increased costs from the carbon tax and CPP premium increases scheduled for 2019 onwards.
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.