Statement on Don Getty's Passing

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann’s statement on the passing of Don Getty

“I was saddened to learn today of the passing of former Premier Don Getty and my thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Swann.

“Don served Albertans with commitment and dedication for many years as MLA, Cabinet Minister and, of course, premier. Don was tasked with guiding the province through challenging economic times, much like today’s. He’s also fondly remembered by the Lubicon people for his efforts on their behalf.”

“As a youngster, I remember watching him guide the Eskimos to the Grey Cup championship. He brought that energy and leadership to his career in politics.”

“Don was dedicated to Alberta and all Albertans, he will be missed.”   

Mental Health and Addictions Review

Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann and Health Minister Hoffman Present the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Review  

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann, co-chair of the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions review, and Health Minister Sarah Hoffman will present the final report on Monday February 22nd at 9:30. The presentation will be held at Hull Services in Calgary. 

“This is an important moment for healthcare in Alberta,” Swann said. “At some point mental health and addiction problems will touch the life of virtually every Albertan. This report charts a path forward towards practice that is more patient and family focused as well as offering an integrated array of supports for people in need.”

“By implementing the recommendations in this review, Alberta will be building a better health care system for patients and families as well supporting the health and wellbeing of practitioners who treat mental illness and addictions on a daily basis,” concluded Swann.

Swann asks Calgary City Council to reconsider fluoride

Alberta Liberal Leader Swann reiterates his call of 30 years ago that safe levels of fluoride are beneficial

Calgary, AB (February 18, 2016):

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is asking Calgary City Council to reconsider its 2011 decision to stop fluoridating Calgary’s water or to continue providing alternative delivery methods for low-income children. Thirty years ago as the Calgary Board of Health Associate Medical Officer, Dr. Swann was advocating for safe levels of fluoride, whether in the water or provided as drops or tablets.

“Almost 30 years ago, when I was Associate Medical Officer for Calgary Board of Health, it was already evident that safe levels of fluoride were beneficial, particularly for low-income children,” Swann stated. “Today, with Alberta having the highest dental costs in the country, the argument is even stronger. If more proof was needed, this week’s University of Calgary report provides it.”

“Access to dental care in Alberta can be prohibitive. Clinics that offer reduced fee services are overwhelmed and a cash infusion from the Province seems unlikely,” said Swann. “When the City of Calgary stopped fluoridating the water, council promised access to other methods of fluoridation for those who needed it – that lasted one year. The benefit of safe levels of fluoride to low-income families is immense.”

“Access to fluoride, whether added to drinking water or taken orally as drops or tablets, has been rightly hailed as one of the greatest modern public health victories. It is a proven safe and cost effective way to reduce the need for dental services, especially for low-income children,” Swann concluded.