Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan puts forward his plans to get pipelines built, at 218 Crescent Road NW, Calgary, at 1:00 p.m today.
Khan stated, “What is the status of the Trans Mountain Pipeline review process? Albertans have a right to know. We have been kept in the dark on this important project. Alberta Liberals are demanding that the NDP and Federal Governments immediately provide an update to Albertans. We keep asking “Where are we at on TMX?”
“There are far more questions than answers. Will a Cabinet decision come by May 23rd, the 90-day deadline? Will any decision be delayed as part of a callous political ploy? Thousands of jobs and billions of revenue dollars are at stake. All we have is silence. Albertans have a right to be stressed. Another delay could further sink our economy.
“We know the Indigenous consultations must happen. As a Indigenous rights and constitutional law lawyer, I understand how Canada’s Constitution works and the right way to effectively consult and accommodate First Nations’ concerns. There is no shortcut. First Nations must be properly consulted at the highest levels and their concerns meaningfully accommodated.
“Alberta Liberals have more suggestions.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces Alberta Liberal Indigenous Policy Platform.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals believe there must be reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in government and society. Indigenous Albertans face systemic racism and the consequences of Canada’s violent colonial past. Our plan will help addresses these issues.
“Over 60 percent of child intervention cases involve Indigenous children. We will create Regional Indigenous Child Protection Offices. Our bold strategy will keep Indigenous children in their communities, cared for by Indigenous-run organizations.
“Our Indigenous education reforms will include Indigenous Language immersion programs and Indigenous-led revisions to the curriculum. This will more accurately explain the Indigenous peoples history in Canada and the injustices they suffered.
“We will reform a justice system that is often harsh and unfair to Indigenous Albertans. We will ensure the Gladue Principle applies to Provincial offence convictions. This will mandate Provincial Courts to utilize Aboriginal-based sentencing principles. We will also amend the Jury Act to make juries more representative. We will put an end to police carding.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan pledges to reduce class sizes and boost support for true inclusive education.
Khan stated, “An Alberta Liberal Government will scrap class size guidelines in favour of class size caps. We will match this new policy with a necessary boost in funding. Students cannot learn when they are jammed in with 40 other students. Teachers struggle to meet students’ needs under these difficult conditions. We will change that to improve outcomes for both students and teachers.
“The NDP Government failed to reduce classroom size and meet class size guidelines over the past 4 years. The UCP will cut spending and make this difficult learning situation even worse for students and teachers. Class size guidelines have failed Alberta’s students and teachers for two decades.This is an intergenerational problem. It must stop.
“Our plan would see class size caps phased in over time by first targeting grades K-3 where class size reductions are the most effective. We would also introduce new accountability mechanisms to ensure funding meets the reduction goals.”