Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is proposing an Oil Patch Cleanup Bond to deal with an estimated multi-billion-dollar pollution problem.
Khan stated, “We believe in the principal that Polluters Must Pay. We propose that Alberta energy companies be required to purchase reclamation and clean-up bonds as insurance against the possibility of a financial catastrophe.
“We insist Alberta taxpayers be protected from an estimated potential $260 billion cleanup of the province’s oil patch. Without this measure Alberta could face financial catastrophe and our precious environment could suffer unimaginable damage.”
An Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) senior official offered up the estimated $260 billion cleanup bill. It was suggested the figure serve as a call to action. It was also meant to highlight deficiencies in Alberta’s liability management programs. AER has since retracted the number. Now what?
Alberta Liberals host Expert Panel Forum on Drug Decriminalization - Help Not Handcuffs, Calgary, AB - Wednesday November 14:
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA Dr David Swann will host an expert panel to discuss Drug Decriminalization - Help Not Handcuffs..
Two Albertans are dying every day from drug overdoses. Alberta Liberals have constructive suggestions to better manage the Opioid Crisis. We urge the NDP Government to work with the Federal Government to Decriminalize Drugs. ,
Khan stated, “It is time we treat addicts as people with a horrible disease. Decriminalization of drugs is an essential part of reducing stigma and improving their chances of healing.”
Dr Swann stated, “We must remove the stigma of drug use and provide hope. We must also address the financial impact of this crisis. Canada spent $550M in 2017 on recurrent hospital visits, policing, court proceedings, and incarceration. Decriminalization will lead those with addictions and devastating mental illness to help and recovery - not thrown into jail.”
The issue will be fully discussed by panelists on all sides of this issue including medical clinicians, harm reduction advocates, a former drug user turned health advocate and those who lost loved ones to opioids.
WHERE: O’Brien Institute for Public Health
HSC Room G500 - 3330 Hospital Dr NW.
WHEN: November 14th, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann release the following statement in recognition of Remembrance Day:
“Today we remember those who served in Passchendaele, Normandy, Korea, and those who continue to serve with honour in Afghanistan and abroad.
“Many lives were tragically cut short in service to their country. Others return to Canada wounded both physically and emotionally. We owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude and must fully support them and their families.
“We enjoy freedom because of the sacrifice of our men and women in the armed forces. We will never forget their duty to our country and to all Canadians.
“Peace is never free. Peace is earned. We honour those who paid the price for Peace for all of us.”