Dr Swann and Farm Safety Advocacy


EDMONTON, AB, June 18, 2015 

Today in the house, Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann introduced Eric Musekamp and Darlene Dunlop, prominent advocates for updating Alberta’s arcane Occupational Health and Safety regulations which currently do not protect paid farm workers.

The introduction comes on the 9th anniversary of the death of farmworker Kevan Chandler in a silage elevator who, without WCB coverage, left a widow and two children. Mr. Chandler’s widow then spent the next six years in court before, thanks to a compassionate lawyer, finally receiving a settlement.

Swann hopes that the introduction of Musekamp and Dunlop and the sharing of Kevan Chandler’s story will encourage the government to, at long last, bring Alberta out of the 19th century to join the rest of the country in providing OHS and WCB coverage to paid farm workers.



The new Executive elected at the 2015 Annual General Meeting


  • Karen Sevcik, from the constituency of Edmonton Riverview, was acclaimed as President. We are excited to have Karen take on this role with her wealth of experience working on many political campaigns including that of Senator Grant Mitchell, former ALP Leader Kevin Taft, and Mayor Don Iveson. Karen is currently campaign manager for Federal Liberal Candidate Eleanor Olszewski and was also our candidate in Edmonton Glenora in the recent election.
  • We were very fortunate to have Toby Ramsden, from St Albert, stand again for the position of Treasurer. Toby, who brings the expertise, commitment and continuity needed for the role, was acclaimed. 
  • Aboriginal Rights lawyer Ryan Lake, from Calgary Fish Creek, was acclaimed as Secretary. Ryan has worked on many Liberal campaigns, both in Alberta and Ontario, and was on the Alberta Young Liberals Executive a few years ago. 
  • Elected to the position of VP Communications is past MLA for Edmonton Meadowlark (2004 -2008), Maurice Tougas.  Maurice has worked in communications for over 30 years in Red Deer and Edmonton, and has extensive experience as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. 
  • David Gamble, our candidate in Calgary Klein, was elected to the position of VP Policy and from his professional life as a writer and business analyst brings a wealth of knowledge and organisational experience to the role. 




Tragic News

The Alberta Liberals are shocked and saddened to announce the passing of Bill Alton, President of the St Albert Constituency Association, Interim Secretary for the Party, and most recently the Alberta Liberal Candidate for St Albert in the 2015 Provincial General Election.

Bill was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but had been a resident of St Albert since 1981. He was a retired carpenter and also served as a union organizer and education coordinator for Local 1325 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, from 2001 to 2011.

As a strong supporter of the St Albert community Bill was active in various capacities including Canvasser & Area Captain for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and a Canvasser for the Diabetes, & Kidney Foundations. Over the years he served on the board of St Albert Minor Hockey Association, chaired the Cantilon Choral Society from 1998 to 2011, and was a member of the School Council for Leo Nickerson School and Sir George Simpson School. 

Bill is survived by his wife Connie and his two adult children who are pursuing post-graduate degrees at the University of Toronto,  and at Concordia University in Montreal. 

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.