Alberta Liberals ask Premier Notley to deliver our call for reinstated extended Federal EI benefits to Prime Minister Trudeau at the First Ministers’ Meeting this week

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are asking Premier Rachel Notley to join with them and call for the Prime Minister to reinstate extended federal EI benefits at the First Ministers’ Meeting.

Khan stated, “The Prime Minister must do more than just talk about the oil price differential crisis. He must understand its impact on Alberta jobs. We want him to reinstate extended federal EI benefits. We want Premier Notley to strongly deliver our message this week. Albertans do not want more words. Albertans want action.

Khan stated, “We know Albertans want to work. But if they can’t get a job, they need help. The oil price differential and new mandated production cuts could lead to more layoffs. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help them through this troubling time.

“Bank of Montreal’s economists forecast the oil production cuts will have a harsh effect on Alberta’s economy. They estimate Alberta’s 2019 GDP annualized growth may be cut in half from 2.4% to 1.2%. TD Bank’s economists echo those forecasts, predicting Alberta’s GDP growth could fall to as low as 1.1% from 2.3% next year. Those are serious hits to Alberta’s economy. They will hurt Albertans.

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Alberta Liberals call on Federal Government to extend EI benefits to struggling Alberta workers

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are calling on the Federal Government to reinstate extended unemployment benefits for Alberta workers losing their jobs.

Khan stated, “We know Albertans want to work. But if they can’t get a job,they need help. The oil price differential and new production cuts could lead to more layoffs. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help them through this troubling time.

“Bank of Montreal’s economists forecast the oil production cuts will have a harsh effect on Alberta’s economy. They estimate Alberta’s 2019 GDP annualized growth will be cut in half from 2.4% to 1.2%. TD Bank’s economists echo those forecasts, predicting Alberta’s GDP growth could fall to as low as 1.1% from 2.3% next year. Those are serious hits to Alberta’s economy. They will hurt Albertans.

“In 2016, the Federal Government provided enhanced employment insurance benefits to Albertans. It extended EI benefits for unemployed works for an additional five weeks. It’s time for them to do so again. We’re asking the NDP Government to join with us in calling for this action.”

Swann stated, “The Federal Government could do a lot to relieve the economic pain being felt by Albertans in the wake of this price differential crisis. It is my hope the NDP Government will join us in calling for this necessary measure.”

Alberta Liberals support the Government’s temporarily oil production cuts as an emergency intervention to bolster prices. But, we also have concerns about execution and unintended consequences. There could be negative impacts on jobs. Albertans need to be protected.

David Khan and David Swann are available for interviews.


Alberta Liberals release statement on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue the following statement in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities:

Khan stated, “Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we work to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life and to promote their rights and wellbeing.”

Swann stated, “This year’s theme is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” It is about focusing on how we can lift persons with disabilities up and ensure they have equality of opportunity in society.”

Khan added, “Alberta Liberals will continue to do all we can to be allies to persons with disabilities community. We will fight, for example, for further increases to AISH and more supports for students with extra needs in the classroom.”