STATEMENT BY DAVID SWANN: NDP MUST NOT LEAVE FARM WORKERS AT ALTAR
Edmonton, November 30th: Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement regarding the delay in debating Bill 6:
“Today’s actions by the NDP have put the much needed update to Alberta’s workplace safety regulations in serious doubt.
“Albertans are engaged in an active and lively debate regarding Bill 6. This debate has thus far been passionate but largely respectful, despite an abundance of misinformation regarding what is proposed in the legislation.
“This misinformation is due in large part to serious communication failures on the part of the NDP, a failure that has been expertly taken advantage of by Alberta’s two conservative parties.
“Albertans are prepared for this debate to continue, as the government takes part in scheduled consultation and begins the process of debating the legislation in the assembly – a process that was supposed to begin this evening.
“Strangely, shortly after today’s Question Period, the NDP suddenly canceled this evening’s sitting. This raises the disturbing possibility that government may decide to withdraw this badly needed legislation and continue the unacceptable status quo.
“Bill 6 is not a perfect bill. I support changes to this legislation, particularly when it comes to creating exemptions for family farms. However, these changes can and should be made on the floor of the house as legislators debate the bill in the next two weeks.
“Paid farm workers in this province have waited long enough for the right to refuse unsafe work, they have waited long enough for any injuries that they may suffer on the job to be investigated, and they have waited long enough for a fair means of compensation when going through WCB.
“This government gave its word to paid farm workers, we expect them to honour that.”
Alberta Liberals, friends, family, former colleagues and students are shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Weslyn Mather last Sunday. She will be missed by everyone who knew her but most of all by her family and friends.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement on the passing of Manmeet Bhullar, MLA for Calgary-Greenway:
“I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of my colleague Manmeet Bhullar. “I knew Manmeet from the first day he entered the legislature, and always found him to be a passionate, hard-working and devoted servant of his community.
“There can be no doubt the legislature has lost one of our most respected members, and our assembly will feel his absence every day. Although I did not always agree with Manmeet, I never doubted that he was always working for what he thought would make a better Alberta.
“To Manmeet’s family, our province extends its deepest thanks to you for so generously lending him to public life for so many years. Please know that the light of your lives also helped make our whole province brighter.”