Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has released the following statement on Premier Notley’s pipeline threats in the 2018 spring legislative session throne speech and news conference:
“This is not 1980, its 2018. Letting B.C. “freeze in the dark” by cutting our oil exports is mean-spirited grandstanding. This is cutting our nose off to spite our face – reducing our own revenues.
“We can’t defend Alberta by dividing Canada. This isn’t a national energy strategy, it’s a political ploy to win votes.
“The Premier isn’t just gambling with our relationship with B.C., but sowing chaos across our entire economy. We need a Premier who can negotiate a better deal to move the pipeline forward, not resort to reckless threats and intimidation to get her way.
“I continue to support the twinning of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. I understand how important this project is to job creation and the economy in Alberta, and for safely transporting our petroleum products to new markets. What I cannot support is this divisive and counterproductive approach to getting the pipeline built.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann set the following issues as Liberal priorities:
“Alberta remains the only province without Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation. On International Women’s Day the NDP Government should be ashamed of that record. Alberta has the highest gender wage gap in Canada. Canada has the third highest gap among OECD countries.
“The Alberta Liberals are demanding proactive pay equity legislation and stronger enforcement of the Alberta Human Rights Act.”
“Alberta Liberals support the twinning of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. We understand how important this project is to job creation and the economy in Alberta, and developing new markets for our oil & gas products. However, we must make a clear transition away from reliance on fossil fuels, especially heavy oil.”
“Alberta families are still suffering from an economic recession and the recovery has been meager at best. Consumer and investor confidence are down. We’ve lost thousands of oil and gas jobs we will never get back and the jobs we are creating are lower paying.
“The only response the NDP government has offered us is a $9 billion dollar deficit and doubling down with public money on the volatile oil and gas industry. They aren’t rebuilding our economy and they are certainly not building a sustainable one.
“Alberta Liberals will push for tax reforms to encourage private investment and job creation. We will also call for carbon tax revenue to be used to develop technology that will make the oil and gas industry more environmentally sustainable.
Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan has released the following statement on the Alberta Liberal Party’s new Safe and Respectful Workplace Policies and Procedures:
“In September 2017, the Alberta Liberal Party took immediate action to ensure the safety of our employees, review workplace harassment policies and procedures, and initiate a confidential independent review.
“I am pleased to announce new Safe and Respectful Workplace Policies and Procedures have been endorsed by the Alberta Liberal Party’s Executive and are posted on our website.
“All individuals who have the courage to come forward must be believed and supported. We, as politicians, political parties and as a society, can and must do better."