Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann release statement on minimum wage hike:
We support boosting the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour as a stop-gap measure. But Alberta Liberals believe more can be done to help combat poverty and to alleviate business concerns.
We believe a Guaranteed Minimum Income is a better solution for Albertans.
A Minimum Income could lift all Albertans out of poverty, reduce crime and decrease emergency room visits. Alberta needs a Minimum Income pilot project. We are asking the NDP to explore this option.
Short term solutions include earned-income tax credits along with increasing the basic personal exemption from individual tax rates.
Khan stated, “Minimum wage policy is not a silver bullet for the problems of the working poor. $17.70 is the living wage for 2018 in Calgary for a family of four, with two parents working full-time, according to anti-poverty groups.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issued the following Orange Shirt Day statement:
“Orange Shirt Day is a time for reflection on a terrible chapter in Canada’s past. Indigenous and Aboriginal children were taken from their homes, families and communities. They were then forced to attend residential schools where they were abused, stripped of their culture and denied their identity. This created generational trauma that continues to damage people and society.
"It was racist. It was hurtful. It was wrong.
“We wear orange shirts on this special day to raise awareness of the past and to learn the lessons needed to improve the present.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following release on today’s federal government announcement on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project:
Alberta Liberals are pleased there is now some progress to move the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project forward. But we are also putting the Federal Government and the Alberta Government on notice. “You had better get it right this time”.
Khan stated, “Albertans—and Canadians—need the jobs. We need the higher revenue from selling our energy to world markets to pay for healthcare and schools in our Province and in our Country. The Trans Mountain Pipeline project is essential for a growing Alberta economy and for Canada.
“The world is watching. Energy project investment across the board is waiting for a resolution. We cannot fumble the ball a second time or third time.
“We urge careful and meaningful consideration of the marine environmental impact and not just a token review of this essential issue. We strongly support safeguards to protect coastal waters, marine creatures and vegetation in the area of the Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea.