Government response to opioid crisis falls short: Swann
Calgary, AB (February 7, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader, Dr. David Swann, says the NDP government’s response to the opioid crisis falls short of what is necessary, and renews his call for more information and coordinated action.
“Government information and action continue to be inadequate despite these new measures,” says Swann. “We are lacking timely information and are dealing with this in a piecemeal fashion when what is needed is a coordinated and comprehensive approach.”
Swann has been pressuring the government to release more data surrounding the overall impact of this crisis since last fall, when he called on the province to declare a public health state of emergency.
“Quarterly reporting on deaths resulting from overdoses is not sufficient,” says Swann. “We need a comprehensive look at the financial and human costs of the current approach on our emergency, medical, social and justice systems.”
While Swann applauds the government’s willingness to enhance treatment options in the critical stages of opioid abuse, he stresses more government leadership is required to improve communication and coordinate action.
“The NDP government has not put enough priority or urgency on this issue,” says Swann. “In addition to naloxone, it must ensure greater cooperation, more information sharing, and a better understanding of what is and what is not working.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann celebrates Black History Month
Calgary, AB (February 1, 2017): David Swann released the following statement on the beginning of Black History Month:
“I am pleased that Black History Month will finally be officially recognized by the Government of Alberta. The black community in Alberta has contributed greatly to our province’s history, and Black History Month is an opportunity for us to educate ourselves on their stories.
“With xenophobia and discrimination on the rise in the world today, Black History Month reminds us that our diversity is our strength. The achievements of black Canadians throughout Alberta’s and Canada’s history, often in the face of pervasive racism, show that the colour of one’s skin is never – and should never – be a barrier to greatness.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann mourns the tragedy in Sainte-Foy
Calgary, AB (January 30, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement in reaction to last night’s shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Sainte-Foy:
“Words too often fail us during tragedies like these. My heart goes out to the victims of this despicable and unthinkable act, and the loved ones they leave behind.
“It is heartbreaking to see such malice directed at innocent people in their time of prayer. I join with those across the country in standing in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours and friends, and condemn the hatred and bigotry which birthed this heinous attack.”