Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA David Swann have released a joint statement on the renaming ceremony for Reconciliation Bridge set for Saturday May 26:
“As Alberta Liberals we are pleased with the renaming of Langevin Bridge to Reconciliation Bridge.
“Indigenous peoples have suffered terrible treatment. We must acknowledge this painful past and ensure it never happens again. We must also work together to heal those who were harmed and move forward in building respectful supportive relationships. By renaming this bridge we reject a painful chapter in Canadian history and begin to build an inclusive future.
“We need more than symbolic gestures to achieve true Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We must end systemic racism in our society.
“Indigenous agencies are underfunded by 22-34% compared to provincial counterparts. Tens of thousands of First Nations children lack acceptable access to culturally-based child welfare. Education funding on-reserve is far less per capita than off-reserve. Infrastructure is in decay and necessary services like clean water are far less accessible. Indigenous Canadians endure lower incomes, life expectancy and education levels, while suffering higher unemployment, suicide and incarcerations rates.
“Alberta Liberals are determined to end past policies that caused social and economic damage to Indigenous peoples. We are committed to Nation-to-Nation collaboration on new policies to help those who were harmed and support all of us going forward together.
“All Albertans should celebrate the march towards full and sincere Reconciliation. Renaming Calgary’s Reconciliation Bridge is a symbolic but important step forward. The journey is not over.”
Both David Khan and Dr Swann will attend the renaming ceremony starting at 1:30 on Saturday May 26 at the Bridge on Riverfront Ave S.E.
Khan and Swann added, We urge all Calgarians to join us for the ceremony which will begin with Elders holding a prayer circle and then walking across the Bridge together.
You can view a video statement on the renaming ceremony from Khan here.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is a day to raise awareness of LGBTQ2S+ rights violations and to coordinate efforts to work against discrimination.
There is no excuse, no rationale and no justification for discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
May 17th was chosen because this was the day, just 28 short years ago, that the World Health Organization made the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.
The world has made great strides since then. Representation for LGBTQ2S+ individuals has risen, more and more nations are legalizing same sex marriage, and there is broader understanding of LGBTQ2S+ issues.
There is still more work to do. Around the globe and here at home prejudice and persecution continue. I, and the Alberta Liberals, will never stop fighting for LGBTQ2S+ rights.
Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann will vote against Bill 12 Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act.
Both MLA Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan have voiced criticism of Bill 12 previously calling it a plan that will hurt Albertans and not move the Trans Mountain Pipeline project forward.
Swann stated, “Restricting our exports is simply a bad strategy. It will cost Albertan’s jobs. It will reduce Alberta revenue. It will hurt Alberta’s Oil Patch. It will damage Alberta’s credibility. It will strain Alberta’s relations with the rest of Canada.
“This will do nothing to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline built.
“Bill 12 grants the NDP Government far too much power. Alberta’s Energy Minister will have unrestrained authority and there is no proper appeal process to challenge her decisions. This is not democratic.”
Khan stated, “Turning off the energy taps will not turn on approval for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”
“Pushing gas prices up to $2 liter in B.C. will not get a shovel in the ground for the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Punishing British Columbians risks a backlash against Albertans.
“The NDP can’t build up the case for this project by tearing down the rest of Canada.”
Khan stated, “I stood against this strategy in March and I stand against it now. Albertans need more from their Premier than a desperate strategy that cuts off our nose to spite our face.”
Liberal MLA David Swann will vote against Bill 12 in the Alberta Legislature