Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan responds to the Federal Government’s financial aid to the Oil and Gas Industry.
Khan stated, “This is a first step in the right direction. This is welcome financial aid. Let’s be clear, $1.6 billion in Federal Government funds will help Alberta energy workers and the oil and gas industry. More must still be done.
“This funding comes at a critical time as Alberta continues to struggle with soft oil prices and the effects of a slower economy. It provides more confidence to capital in the future of the energy industry. It provides more certainty to investors. It provides more hope to all Albertans.
“Alberta Liberals support the Trans Mountain Pipeline. We need to get this project built. Improved market access is the only long-term solution for Alberta’s current price differential crisis.
“We also support diversifying Alberta’s economy. We need to develop sectors like agriculture, high tech, tourism and renewable energy. We need to build an economy that stops the wild ride on the resource roller coaster.
“There is no quick fix for the challenges facing Alberta energy workers and their industry. There are plans in place for a recovery. It will take time. It will be tough. But, Albertans are tough.
“Together we can help each other. Together we can help Alberta get back on its feet.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue this statement on International Human Rights Day.
Khan stated, “We celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It establishes inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being. These rights stand regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
Swann stated, “This is a day of reflection. We are grateful for the rights we enjoy here in Canada. We must continue to protect the human rights of others around the World.”
Khan added, “We must maintain our vigilance here in Canada. Our treatment of First Nations Peoples has been rightly criticized internationally. We must do more to protect their rights and the rights of all Canadians.
“Alberta Liberals will guard against those who turn back the clock on the hard-fought human rights gains of LGBTQ2S+ individuals, racial and religious minorities, women and other marginalized groups.”
Alberta Liberals pledge to support and build on our precious Human Rights.
David Khan and David Swann are available for interviews.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann are relieved the Government and Alberta Health Services are finally implementing a series of Liberal solutions to improve EMS service for all Albertans. But more needs to be done.
Khan stated, “On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Alberta Liberals recommended that Paramedics be hired and placed in emergency rooms to facilitate patient transfers. We also suggested the community paramedic program be expanded. Now, in December, the Government and AHS have finally decided to hire 100 paramedics for that very purpose. Albertans were being forced to wait an hour or more in ER hallways due to system problems. AHS also addressed our concern to increase supports for the mental health of paramedics suffering from stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, overwork, and low moral. It's about time.”
Swann stated, “We provided constructive solutions to AHS after spending months researching this problem and consulting with health practitioners and the community. Liberal pressure finally forced them to act. Alberta Liberal data concluded paramedics spent 653,000 hours—135,000 hours of costly overtime—waiting for patient transfers in a year. That was wasteful and compromised response times. There were on average 35 “Red Alerts” (when there are no available EMS crews to respond to the volume of 911 calls) per month across Alberta. That compromised patient safety. That is unacceptable to Albertans.”