Alberta Liberals issue statement on International Human Rights Day

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 Liberals relieved AHS finally implementing Liberal EMS solutions

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.”

 

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Alberta Liberals pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau has listened to our call to help Alberta with reinstated extended Federal EI benefits and rail car purchase

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue statement after reports Prime Minister Trudeau will consider rail car purchase and enhanced employment insurance benefits to help Alberta.

Khan stated, “We congratulate Prime Minister Trudeau for his willingness to consider funding Alberta rail car purchases to boost oil shipments to international markets. We are also pleased that he will look at temporarily extending employment insurance (“EI”) benefits for laid-off Alberta workers. These two measures will help Albertans enjoy a Merry Christmas.

“Alberta’s energy sector has been hit hard. Albertans need help. The oil price differential and new mandated production cuts could lead to more layoffs, with Alberta’s GDP growth predicted to be slashed by up to 50% next year. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help our workers through this troubling time. The Federal Liberal Government will deliver that help, and we appreciate that effort.

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