Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann questions NDP Government on leaving Condo Owners Behind

Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release on Fort McMurray condo owners left behind by the NDP Government:

MLA David Swann says the NDP Government’s inadequate policies have failed condo owners of Hillview Park Condominium Complex which was destroyed in 2016 during the Fort McMurray wildfire.

“Their lives have been turned upside and they cannot turn to the NDP Government for solutions.

“I’ve spoken with concerned citizens whose homes were destroyed in the Fort McMurray disaster. They are coping with the stress and emotional trauma of losing their residence to the 2016 fire. They are also dealing with legal entanglements during the rebuild that have been exacerbated by weak NDP policies.

“These condo owners are facing extreme financial barriers with their legal issues. They are unable to access information from their own condo boards pertinent to the rebuilding project. They are being given no recourse to a dispute resolution system. They are not being treated fairly.

“In the four years since the Condominium Property Act was passed but there are still no regulations to create a much needed dispute resolution board. Nor is there a guaranteed access to information for condominium owners from their own condo boards. This makes it extremely difficult to deal with complex legal issues.

“This is even worse for victims of disaster who have lost their home to catastrophic accident or natural event like those at Hillview Park Condominium Complex. The NDP Government needs to provide solutions including pro bono or low-cost legal services available to people whose lives have been turned upside down and clearly can’t afford a lawyer.”


Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann reacts to compensation deal with AMA

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release in response to the doctor compensation deal the Alberta Government has reached with the Alberta Medical Association:

Swann stated, “A two-year freeze on fees is a reasonable deal for both doctors and Alberta taxpayers. Doctors in Alberta are the still the highest paid in Canada.  This decision has contributed to stability in our healthcare system and held the line as our economy recovers.

“I am concerned with the longstanding pay discrepancy and conflict over relative income which again arose this year between specialists and general practitioners(GPs). GPs play a central and important role in first contact, access to testing and referral, and a continuing care role that includes preventative care.

“It is also clear that more focus by both the NDP Government and the AMA is needed to make progress on alternatives to fee-for-services in order to provide outcome accountability and bring down costs in the long term.”


Alberta Liberals are Cautiously Optimistic about Trans Mountain Deal

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann issue release on Federal Liberal Government announcement to buy Trans Mountain Pipeline:

Khan stated, “I’m cautiously optimistic construction will proceed on the Trans Mountain Pipeline project. This represents a significant economic opportunity for Alberta and Canada. A completed expanded pipeline will allow Alberta to safely ship its energy products to new markets and earn a better price. However, there are still many unanswered questions.

“We need more details about how Alberta taxpayers are exposed to possible cost overruns. We also believe the Heritage Savings Trust Fund should not be tapped to pay for this project until there are final numbers and assurances this will not be a blank cheque. We welcome the creation of project jobs and increased provincial revenue. This cannot come at any price.

“We urge Alberta’s NDP Government to withdraw Bill 12. That legislation was an extreme and desperate measure and had the potential for a severe backlash against Albertans.

“Ultimately, it was negotiations by the Federal Liberals not threats by the Provincial NDP that resulted in this deal.

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann added, “This is a hopeful announcement but there are still concerns about environmental accountability.

“We need annual full cost accounting on the tripling of greenhouse gas emissions in relation to this pipeline and public liabilities for tailing ponds cleanup. We also need to know what the returns will be on any taxpayer equity investment.

“We must be willing to be accountable to Albertans about all environmental and reclamation costs as well as the benefits associated with our oil sands for the good of the people of Alberta and our environment.”