Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan issues the following release:
Khan stated, “Premier Notley and the NDP Government have once again failed Albertans. They have failed our environment. They are failing future generations. They are failing First Nations and Indigenous Albertans.
“Where once they talked about climate leadership, they now deal in climate opportunism.
“Climate change does not care about borders. It isn’t good enough to have a homegrown climate plan for Alberta only. Alberta needs to be a leader on climate change and environmental policy. We need to support change, not just nationally, but internationally.
“We cannot hold the environment hostage over a single oil and gas project.
“Furthermore, the judiciary is not our enemy. Treating the court and its decisions with disrespect also disrespects the rule of law. Premier Notley is a lawyer. She should know better.
“Indigenous and First Nations consultations are vitally important and must be conducted honestly, meaningfully and with compassion. It’s time we recognise the true meaning of reconciliation. In the vacuum of real political leadership in this country, it has been left to our Courts to force us to do so.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a time to remember those we have lost and spur actions to help those who can still be saved. It is particularly significant here in Alberta where we face an ongoing severe opioid crisis.
Swann stated, “Drug addiction and its link to mental health is a complex issue. It is also a deadly problem that is not being adequately resolved here in Alberta and around the world.
“We believe this is a disease, not a crime. We must treat people with this deadly illness and not punish them as offenders. Removing the stigma around this entire issue should be a priority.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following statement on today’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project:
The Alberta Liberal Party supports the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Federal Court of Appeal decision will have a significant impact on the Alberta economy and all Albertans. We must find a clear path—working together—to ensure this project of national importance is built for the benefit of all Canadians.
Khan stated, “Alberta workers and their families rely on a healthy oil and gas sector. Alberta needs to open up world markets for our energy products to get the best possible price. Alberta is losing billions of dollars in industry and government revenue. That money pays for social programs, schools and hospitals that benefit all Albertans. Pipelines are the safest, cleanest way to transport those energy products.
“However, we also support the rule of law and a properly functioning federal review process by the National Energy Board. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled the NEB did not properly consider the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic and the Federal Government failed in its duty to adequately consult with specific First Nations/Indigenous groups. We believe both of those issues must—and can—be revisited and addressed to the satisfaction of the courts, and in a way that balances the rights and benefits of all Canadians. This can be a brief, but specific and focussed and meaningful examination, as the Court directed. It must be a fair and transparent review. We have a responsibility as Canadians to engage and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples. We also must ensure there are adequate environmental protections in place for all energy projects.