It is with sadness that Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan offered the following remarks on the passing of Len Bracko:
“Len Bracko was the very model of a public servant. He spent 15 years on St. Albert City Council and four years as a Liberal MLA, representing the people of St. Albert and acting as the Liberal Municipal Affairs critic.
In addition to his political work, Bracko also enriched the world at home and abroad through involvement in organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Municipalities and Habitat for Humanity.
While Alberta is the worse for having lost him, it is all the better for having had him and the example he has set. My thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones today.”
Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann released the following statement in response to the release of the 2017 second quarter opioid report:
“I am deeply troubled and saddened by the fact that another 119 Albertans have tragically lost their lives in the last three months due to opioids.
“The number of people in the province dying from fentanyl overdoses each quarter remains unacceptably high. Over the past six months, fentanyl has taken 241 lives, and that number is projected to reach 480 by the end of year.
“This dramatic increase in deaths over the previous year illustrates the fact that, despite its best efforts, the NDP government still does not have a handle on this crisis.
“While the report calls this year’s number of overdose deaths ‘significant’, I find it horrifying, especially given that they are entirely preventable.
And, while the government claims ‘the trend appears to be ‘stabilizing’ since there were three fewer deaths from the previous quarter, I see the overall number of deaths as further evidence of a lack of progress.
Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann is calling on the NDP government to stop the clearcutting of Kananaskis Country and Highwood Pass.
“There is a responsible way and a place for logging. This is neither,” says David Swann. “They are rapidly clearing massive swaths of trees from well-known tourist and recreation areas.
“The NDP must show better environmental leadership. They must put a stop to this immediately, review the contracts, and examine other sites.”