Calgary Foothills Nomination Meeting

The Calgary Foothills Liberal Constituency Association will be holding a Nomination Meeting on July 24th to prepare for a byelection expected soon.

“Whenever the government calls the vote, we will be ready,” says leader David Swann. “I’m looking forward to giving the people of Calgary-Foothills a chance to vote for a sensible, centrist alternative.”

The byelection, which has not yet been called, must be held to replace former PC leader Jim Prentice, who resigned on election night minutes after winning the seat.

Dr. Swann says the vote will be an opportunity for voters in Calgary Foothills to send an early message to the NDP government.

“The Notley government is already showing signs listening only to their supporters and ignoring the opinions of average Albertans,” says Swann. “The last thing Albertans need is another silent NDP MLA.”

The Wildrose, Swann says, is reverting back to its one-note, right wing roots, and the PCs have lost the confidence of voters after abandoning the seat the night of the election.

“The Alberta Liberals represent the sensible, centrist positions held by most Albertans. We’ll work hard to give the voters of Calgary-Foothills an Alberta Liberal alternative.”

The meeting will be held at the Symons Valley United Church located at 38 Kincora Rise NW Calgary. Anyone interested in seeking the nomination should contact Dave Fisher, President of the Calgary Foothills Liberal Constituency Association, via email at dndfisher@telus.net


AG Highlights Importance of Mental Health Review

AG REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW

CALGARY, AB (July 6, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann says today’s Auditor General (AG) report on mental health delivery highlights the importance of the mental health review he is conducting.

“Today’s AG report documents the total failure of the previous regime to make progress in the area of care for those with mental health and addictions,” says Swann. “The PCs ignored recommendations from the AG, left their own action plans to collect dust, and simply played lip-service to improving the delivery of care.

“This failure has incredible economic and human costs, with individuals left to navigate a system with too many gaps in services.”

Swann was appointed by Premier Notley to co-chair a review of mental health care delivery along with MLA Danielle Larivee.

“I expect this report by the AG will certainly inform our work,” says Swann. “We have the benefit of a large collection of literature that we have to review, prioritize and make recommendations based on.

“Our biggest lesson today is the need for action to follow these studies, and the need for us to make sure our recommendations are actionable and close these gaps in service.”

 


NDP Minimum Wage Proposal Lacks Balance

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says the NDP’s proposal for increasing the minimum wage lacks balance and says the increases should be accompanied by small business tax reductions.

“Trusted leadership is about balance,” says Swann. “We have generally supported minimum wage increases. However, the NDP seem determined to raise the minimum wage on an artificial timeline without considering the impact it will have on small businesses in these hard economic times.”

Alberta Liberals have called for an economic impact study that specifically looks into the effect rapidly raising the minimum wage will have on small businesses.

“There is still time for that assessment,” says Swann. “The government, to its real credit, is taking the time to study our infrastructure plan, our climate change plan, democratic renewal and several other pressing concerns. Yet, on this file, they seem to have no interest in looking at available data or consulting with stakeholders.”

Swann is proposing that the government lower small business taxes in Alberta in order to soften the blow of this rapid increase in payroll costs. The New Democrats recently rejected a motion to lower the small business tax rate to two per cent – despite that motion having the support of all opposition parties.

“It would be a very positive way of shielding businesses from the impact of increasing their costs during this economic downturn.

Small businesses are the key to diversifying our economy. I hope the NDP will do the right thing and support them.