The Alberta Liberals wish to thank Khalil Karbani for his tremendous effort in the Calgary Greenway by-election.
In a tight 4-way race, Khalil captured 23% of the vote, a significant result that speaks to both the efforts of Khalil’s team and the strength of the Liberal brand.
“Though I’m personally disappointed, I’m incredibly proud of the team around me,” said Khalil. “We ran a very strong campaign and I know our message resonated with the people of Greenway.”
With this strong showing the Liberals have shown themselves to be the progressive alternative to the right wing policies of the PC and Wildrose parties. The positive results of the campaign provide a strong foundation looking ahead towards 2019.
David Swann highly skeptical about hiring former AUPE negotiator Kevin Davediuk
Leader David Swann expressed severe reservations about the Government’s appointment of former Alberta Union of Public Employee (AUPE) negotiator Kevin Davediuk.
“This is a clear conflict of interest,” stated Swann. “This government has made a bad habit of hiring insiders but this particular appointment is the most flagrant. As of yesterday, Davediuk’s name was still on the AUPE website as their negotiator.”
Over the next two years, the provincial government is entering into negotiations with several unions. On Wednesday in the Legislature, Minister of Labour, Christina Gray, stated that Davediuk was hired because he “was one of the best negotiators available.”
“By the Minister’s own admission there were other qualified negotiators available - the government should have chosen one not currently employed by AUPE,” Swann countered. “Further, this was an appointment rather than a posted position with a selection of candidates, making the Minister’s argument even weaker.”
“There are many excellent negotiators in Alberta and, indeed, Canada. The NDP need to find one that isn’t conflicted about which side of the negotiation table to support.” Swann concluded.
David Swann looks for more from the NDP government after the Throne Speech
“This was a mom and apple-pie throne speech,” says Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann. “There were a lot of feel good moments but very little concrete commitment to new or difficult ideas.”
Today’s throne speech by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell introduced a number of bills ranging from a carbon tax to essential services legislation. Though Swann is pleased to see the NDP incorporate Liberal ideas, such as the Act to End Predatory Lending, he felt the bills designed to stimulate the economy were distressingly vague.
“We have a jobs crisis in Alberta and the bills in the throne speech do little to address this beyond the belief that infrastructure spending will cure all ills,” Swann said. “Additionally, small businesses are suffering and they need solid policy initiatives, not a government direction to banks to lend more money. One option the government needs to look at is the elimination of small business taxes, a policy the Liberals have repeatedly advocated for.”
“Further,” continued Swann. “Despite report after report on failings in the health system, there’s no mention here of cost savings nor improved outcomes for Alberta Health Services,”.
“I, and the other opposition parties, are going to be asking very hard questions of the government in this session,” Swann concluded.