CALGARY, AB (August 9, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has released the following statement in recognition of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples:
“Today we commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is also the theme of today’s celebration. The Declaration seeks to enshrine the rights – including the rights to self-determination, traditional lands, territories and resources, education, culture, health and development – freedoms and minimum standards for all Indigenous Peoples across the world.
"Conservatives have a new party with a new name, but it’s the same tired and corrupt PCs that Alberta voters kicked out of Government," Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said.
"The “United Right” is trying to put new tread on an old tire that went flat in the last election," David Khan stated. "It still won't gain any traction with Albertans.”
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Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is renewing his call for strict regulation of Political Action Committees (PACs) in response to news that Jason Kenney spent $1.5 million to become Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
“Nowhere in Mr. Kenney’s legally-mandated financial statements does it mention the $508,000 raised by Unite Alberta in the unregulated period before the PC race started,” says Khan. “Mr. Kenney’s team released a list of just 74 of the PAC’s self-reported 2,129 donors, leaving too many unanswered questions. There is a gaping hole in this government’s election finance reform that has made it far too easy to raise enormous sums of money from anonymous donors before a campaign actually starts.
“Last month, I proposed strict regulations on PACs, including the banning of corporate and union donations to PACs, setting donation limits, and making donations to PACs above $250 and PAC expenditures transparent to the public. The NDP government has refused to act.
“The secrecy surrounding Unite Alberta and the huge sums of money involved in this campaign are deeply troublesome,” Khan concluded. “This government needs to act decisively to reduce the impact of big money on our politics so that Albertans can be confident that our democracy cannot be bought and sold.”