Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann have released the following statement on Eid al-Fitr:
“Today is Eid al-Fitr, a day that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, reflection and community service for Muslims.
“Across Alberta Muslims will be gathering in Mosques, parks and public spaces to celebrate the end of their month of fasting, spirituality and service to those less fortunate.
“We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all Muslims today. After a month of fasting and spiritual reflection and replenishment we hope you enjoy your much-deserved celebration.
“The Alberta Liberals proudly count diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism among our core values. We are proud to have Muslims add their cultural diversity to our great province.
“May this Eid al-Fitr by a joyous one for Muslims across the province.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann have issued the following release on the end of the 2018 Spring Session of the Alberta Legislature:
Swann stated, “The Alberta Liberals provided credible and constructive criticism this session in the Legislature. We worked with and supported the Government on important Bills like 9 (“Abortion Bubble Zone Bill”).
“But, we voted against bad legislation like Bill 12 (“Turn off the Taps Bill”). Alberta Liberals were the only party to stand against this draconian legislation that will harm Albertans and our energy industry.
“On the other hand, the UCP official opposition tried to score cheap political points by dragging out the session. They opposed the Government on nearly every issue without offering a credible alternative vision.”
Khan stated, “We supported the Trans Mountain Pipeline project because it was important for creating jobs and revitalizing the Alberta economy, transporting our energy products to new markets in the safest way.
However, we opposed Bill 12. Cutting off oil to B.C. would be a self-destructive strategy that would create a backlash against Alberta. It did not end protests against the pipeline. It did not help build the TM project.
“Bill 12 was poor political theatre and the Premier admitted that. Bill 12 was a low point for this Government.
“It was Federal Liberal diplomacy and compromise that moved this project forward.
“The NDP are failing on progressive issues. This Government did make positive changes this session with Bill 9. But the NDP fell down on so many other areas.
“AISH is still not indexed to inflation.
“Legal Aid is still underfunded by nearly $60 million.
“The NDP’s childcare program is still not means-tested.
“Alberta is still without pay equity legislation.
“Alberta still has the largest gender pay gap in Canada.
“Alberta still has a $9.1 Billion deficit.
“Alberta still has a projected $96 Billion debt.
“The Spring Session may be over. But the Alberta Liberals will keep on fighting for these important issues.
Alberta Liberals will keep on fighting for all Albertans.”
Alberta Liberals David Khan and David Swann have issued the following release on the legalization of cannabis:
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals are concerned the NDP Government isn’t fully preparing Albertans for the risks that comes with pot legalization. My biggest concern is the impact on youth.
“I support legalization, but we should be taking important steps to mitigate increased risks that may be associated with legalized cannabis.
“Albertans under 25 may be at most risk. Cannabis use may have a detrimental effect on a developing brain up to the age of 25, according to Ottawa’s Public Health Agency.
“The NDP Government must put forward a robust cannabis health education program in our schools. That’s what any responsible Government should do. That public health education should be bolstered with an online campaign targeting post-secondary institutions and adults aged 18-25.”
Swann added, “There are also concerns about how legalization will impact mental health. Use of the drug among youth is associated with increased risk in developing serious mental health problems, including depression and schizophrenia. It is also associated with higher rates of school failure.
“The NDP Government must fund both monitoring this situation and providing more mental health supports.”
Khan and Swann are both supporters of legalization, despite these concerns.
The Alberta Liberals were the first sitting party in the province to adopt formal policy supporting cannabis legalization.