Statement By David Swann: National Aboriginal Day

CALGARY, AB (June 21, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement marking National Aboriginal Day:

“Today is an opportunity to remember the role that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people have played in making our country such a remarkable place to live. To be sure, that history contains innumerable stories of broken barriers and different peoples building communities together in friendship and cooperation. 

“However, there is no forgetting and no question that too much of that shared history is a shameful chronicle of abuses, mistreatment, and cultural genocide. 

“This year in particular it is my sincere hope that, in the aftermath of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will begin to turn a corner in that shared history towards healing and a new beginning. 

“The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has come to an end. The work of the rest of us in implementing their recommendations, and creating a new relationship with our aboriginal populations, must now begin.

“Only together can we heal past wounds and achieve a healthy future.”


Dr Swann and Farm Safety Advocacy


EDMONTON, AB, June 18, 2015 

Today in the house, Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann introduced Eric Musekamp and Darlene Dunlop, prominent advocates for updating Alberta’s arcane Occupational Health and Safety regulations which currently do not protect paid farm workers.

The introduction comes on the 9th anniversary of the death of farmworker Kevan Chandler in a silage elevator who, without WCB coverage, left a widow and two children. Mr. Chandler’s widow then spent the next six years in court before, thanks to a compassionate lawyer, finally receiving a settlement.

Swann hopes that the introduction of Musekamp and Dunlop and the sharing of Kevan Chandler’s story will encourage the government to, at long last, bring Alberta out of the 19th century to join the rest of the country in providing OHS and WCB coverage to paid farm workers.



The new Executive elected at the 2015 Annual General Meeting


  • Karen Sevcik, from the constituency of Edmonton Riverview, was acclaimed as President. We are excited to have Karen take on this role with her wealth of experience working on many political campaigns including that of Senator Grant Mitchell, former ALP Leader Kevin Taft, and Mayor Don Iveson. Karen is currently campaign manager for Federal Liberal Candidate Eleanor Olszewski and was also our candidate in Edmonton Glenora in the recent election.
  • We were very fortunate to have Toby Ramsden, from St Albert, stand again for the position of Treasurer. Toby, who brings the expertise, commitment and continuity needed for the role, was acclaimed. 
  • Aboriginal Rights lawyer Ryan Lake, from Calgary Fish Creek, was acclaimed as Secretary. Ryan has worked on many Liberal campaigns, both in Alberta and Ontario, and was on the Alberta Young Liberals Executive a few years ago. 
  • Elected to the position of VP Communications is past MLA for Edmonton Meadowlark (2004 -2008), Maurice Tougas.  Maurice has worked in communications for over 30 years in Red Deer and Edmonton, and has extensive experience as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. 
  • David Gamble, our candidate in Calgary Klein, was elected to the position of VP Policy and from his professional life as a writer and business analyst brings a wealth of knowledge and organisational experience to the role.