STATEMENT BY DAVID SWANN: CALGARY PRIDE
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement to mark the Calgary Pride Parade which will take place this Sunday, September 6th:
“Diversity and inclusivity are among the greatest strengths of Alberta. This weekend, we will see these strengths on display as we celebrate the Calgary Pride Festival.
“This year, as students are returning to school, we have much to celebrate. Thanks to the efforts of Alberta Liberals, in particular former MLAs Laurie Blakeman and Kent Hehr, students in Calgary and across Alberta have a right to create Gay-Straight Alliances in any school where they may be needed. We also repealed the homophobic section 11.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, which banned discussions of sexual orientation in the classroom.
“There is still work to be done to protect the LGBTQ community. In particular, it is past time to explicitly protect transgender individuals from discrimination on the basis of their gender identity or gender expression. I have written to the Minister of Justice on this matter, I will continue to advocate for these needed protections, and I call on all MLAs to support this change.
“This weekend, we celebrate. Next week, we continue with the work that is needed.”
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The provincial by-election in Calgary-Foothills will take place on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
You can visit the "Where Do I Vote?" page (http://www.elections.ab.ca/current-election-information/where-do-i-vote/) to find your polling place.
You are eligible to vote in this by-election if you live within the electoral division as well as you:
- are 18 years of age or older on Voting Day
- are a Canadian citizen
- have been ordinarily resident in Alberta for the six months immediately preceding Election Day
- a current resident in the Calgary-Foothills Electoral Division
You can find more current by-election informaiton at http://www.elections.ab.ca/current-election-information/.
GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PUT SAFETY FIRST AS STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is calling on the government to mark the first day of school by taking steps to improve vaccination rates in Alberta.
“The reality is that Alberta continues to have a worryingly low vaccination rate for many preventable diseases,” says Swann. “There are proactive steps the government should be taking to ensure the public is informed of the risks of not vaccinating their children.”
Swann has long advocated for the government to create a system of mandatory education on vaccinations, requiring those parents who opt out of vaccinating their children to be informed by a doctor of the risks of doing so and to sign a waiver indicating that choice.
Swann’s proposal was echoed in a recent statement by the Canadian Medical Association and has been advocated by public policy organizations including the C.D. Howe Institute.
“We need to keep in mind this is a basic question of public safety,” says Swann. “There is simply no reason we should be seeing break-outs of preventable diseases like measles or whooping cough. The government needs to get proactive in informing people of the risks and enable parents to protect their children.”