Alberta Liberals call for ban on “Conversion Therapy” before the Spring Election

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is calling for an immediate ban on “conversion therapy” for Alberta’s children. We will not support the NDP Government’s proposal to study the issue until July 2019.

Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals condemn this delay by the NDP Government. Alberta’s youth cannot wait another five months for an NDP committee to reach the conclusion that is obvious to most people in this province. What further input is needed to convince this Government? We must act now.

“This ban absolutely must be implemented before the next election. The NDP Government committee proposal is a sham designed to string along stakeholders and concerned Albertans. The NDP are willing to delay any meaningful decision in a desperate attempt to turn this into an election issue. This could put vulnerable children at risk.”

Alberta Liberal candidate for Lethbridge-East, Devon Hargreaves, said, “This is a cynical move on the part of the NDP Government to exploit this issue for political gain. They’ve had four years to ban “conversion therapy.” They had legislation ready to table in November. They did nothing.”

As an LGBTQ2S+ advocate Hargreaves was the driving force behind a federal petition recently tabled in Parliament calling for a federal ban on “conversion therapy.”

Hargreaves continued, “As one concerned Albertan, I was able to move this issue to a national stage and begin a meaningful conversation. The NDP Government with all its resources is willing to delay a decision until after the election even though it can draw on existing legislation in Ontario. If a Jason Kenney Government takes power this ban will not be put in place. We cannot take that chance.”

Khan stated, “Conversion therapy is a hateful practice rooted in homophobia. Alberta Liberals have been calling for a ban since 2016. We are prepared to act now”.

Khan continued, “We ask the NDP Government to provide us a private member’s bill in the Spring Session of the Legislature. Alberta Liberals will use that opportunity to table a bill to ban “conversion therapy”. Alberta Liberals will step up to protect Alberta youth.”


Alberta Liberals call on the NDP Government to step up on Calgary Safeworks Safe Consumption Site

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following release calling on the Province to address community concerns surrounding the Calgary Safeworks Safe Consumption Site (“SCS”):

Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals support the Four Pillars drug strategy: prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. We understand the importance of safe consumption sites. They save lives. But, there can be unintended consequences that must also be addressed.

“We share the concerns of community residents about public safety around the Calgary Safeworks. Crime rates have spiked dramatically in the area, according to Calgary Police. There has been a staggering 276 per cent increase in drug-related calls to officers. That cannot continue.

“Alberta Liberals are calling on the NDP Government to step up. They must listen to community residents. They must not download these problems and solution costs onto the City of Calgary and local residents. Health Canada’s continued approval of this site is conditional on addressing issues of crime and needle debris in the area.

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Alberta Liberals celebrate Lunar New Year

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue the following statement celebrating Lunar New Year.

Khan stated, “On behalf of the Alberta Liberals, I wish all Albertans of Asian heritage a happy Lunar New Year. We hope they enjoy newfound prosperity in the coming year. We honour the families who gather for their traditional reunion dinner to share this joyous event.

Swann stated, “This is the year of the Pig. Pigs are associated with with being realistic, hard-working and enjoying life. These are all traits we share together as Albertans. I hope all those celebrating enjoy the day and the coming year.”

Khan stated, “The year of the Pig also means being financially responsible. We encourage a prudent approach to rebuilding our economy for the benefit of everyone without saddling current and future generations with debt. We support a society that is diverse, inclusive and caring for all Albertans. Let’s use our cultural connections as the foundation to build a better future in Alberta.