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.
“Today’s report of the Auditor General reveals stunning ineptitude and questionable decisions on the part of the former PC administration,” says Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann. “In hindsight, all it took was one major disaster to expose significant holes in Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program.”
“The report also highlights the critical importance of Alberta having a robust and responsive Disaster Recovery Program,” Swann continued. “The Insurance Bureau of Canada has labelled Alberta the Natural Disaster Capital of Canada, and for good reason – the province has the highest number of catastrophic insured losses compared to other jurisdictions.”
Swann is hopeful that the Auditor General’s recommendations will lead to a better coordinated in-house system that puts disaster victims first. “A good start,” he says, “would be to consider the many excellent recommendations proposed by local groups such as the High River DRP Advocacy Committee.”
Swann also believes that the province needs to start budgeting much more realistically for disaster recovery, and should look to facilitate overland flood insurance usage in Alberta.
Nominations are open for prospective candidates for Calgary-Greenway. Nominations will close midnight Wednesday, February 17th. The nomination meeting will be held at the Abbeydale Community Association Gym on Monday, February 29th.
For further information on the nomination process and details of the meeting please contact the Alberta Liberal Party Office at 780 414 1124.