Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan releases his plan to battle climate change and create a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
Khan stated, “We must all fight climate change. It is one of the most important issues of our time. Alberta Liberals are making this a priority in the 2019 Election.
“We must all change our behaviour. It is not just a responsibility of heavy emitters. Every single ton of carbon we emit into the atmosphere carries a cost to society. We all bear the cost.
“Alberta Liberals will make the carbon tax revenue-neutral. Economists agree that market-based approaches are the most cost-effective tool available to governments to address greenhouse gas emissions. It strikes a balance between protecting our environment and protecting our economy.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces his New Canadians Platform.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals will improve the lives of New Canadians in Alberta.New Canadians are vital to Alberta. Immigrants help us unlock our economic potential and the diversity they create enriches the multicultural fabric of our nation.
“The Alberta Liberals will improve access to foreign credential upgrades. This will help New Canadians find work in their field of expertise and break down barriers to their success. It will also address skilled labour shortages in Alberta. Our plan will strengthen our economy.
“We will help New Canadians integrate more easily into Canadian society. We will boost settlement funding, assisting new Canadians in making Alberta home. We will also invest in adult education and English-as-a-second-language (“ESL”) programs. This will make it easier for immigrants to communicate with their fellow Canadians.
Post-Secondary/Adult Education - Platform Preview
Our post-secondary education system is the gateway to our economic future. The Alberta Liberal forward-thinking strategy for post-secondary education will help Alberta compete for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow's economy. We will reverse the trend that has seen a 10,000-person decrease in technology and trade programs since 2015.
We will also protect our existing programs and make post-secondary education more accessible to lower-income Albertans.
Progressive Financial Supports
The Alberta Liberals will unveil a plan to make financial support for post-secondary institutions more progressive in order to make post-secondary education more accessible to low-income students.
We will work with Universities to addressed the billion dollars in deferred maintenance currently faced by universities.
Boosting Trade Enrollment
Alberta Liberals will work with industry to reverse the trend of shrinking trade enrollments. We will work with industry to identify labour shortages—present and upcoming—and create educational opportunities for both young Albertans and out-of-work Albertans looking for a new career.
Grow our STEM Workforce
Other jurisdictions are competing for new high-paying technology jobs with ambitious post-secondary education plans. If Alberta wants to compete, we have to do the same. Our plan will keep Alberta competitive with other jurisdictions.
Alberta Liberals will expand the number of new post-secondary spaces to train the next generation of tech workers, increasing the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates in Alberta by 25% within the next five years.
Support for Student Services
Alberta Liberals support fair students fees for providing vital students services that enrich and improve campus life. We oppose making these fees voluntary.