Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has issued the following statement in recognition of Calgary Pride:
“I am privileged to join with Calgarians in celebrating LGBTQ2S+ communities.
“Alberta Liberals have led all political parties in support for LGBTQ2S+ Albertans.
“In 1994 we were the first party to call for sexual orientation to be added as a prohibited ground of discrimination to the Alberta Human Rights Act.
“In 2014 we introduced Motion 503 and Private Member’s Bill 202 (the Safe and Inclusive Schools Act) which both sought to make gay-straight alliances (GSAs) mandatory in schools where students ask for them.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann will attend the Lethbridge Whoop-Up Days on Tuesday, August 21:
Khan stated, ‘Whoop-Up Days’ exhibition and rodeo is a fun opportunity for the Lethbridge community to celebrate its western heritage and for all Albertans to come and enjoy a wide range of festivities during the five-day long event. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone there.”
Swann added, “There is a rich history with Whoop-Up Days dating back to the first fair held in 1897.
“In 1904, eight years before the Calgary Stampede, the first large-scale rodeo was staged as part of Whoop-Up Days. It’s been going strong ever since. It's one of my favourite events in southern Alberta.”
Thousands of visitors will enjoy activities including the rodeo, daily concerts, the midway, trade show, and 18 pancake breakfasts throughout the community.
Both Khan and Swann will be riding in the 4 km long Whoop-up Parade which kicks off the festivities at 10:00 am Tuesday.
Khan and Swann will be available to the media on Tuesday morning at the parade start: Park Place Mall and at the parade end: Adams Ice Centre.
Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann issues statement on the Opioid Crisis:
The Opioid Crisis continues. The Calgary Fire Department responded to 144 opioid overdose calls in the month of July. That is a new record.
Swann stated, “Clearly we are not getting ahead of the curve on the Opioid Crisis. The NDP Government is spending less than 6% of the health budget on mental health and prevention. This is not adequately dealing with the issue.
Swann added, “Drug addiction is a mental illness and must be treated as such. It should not be a criminal offence. That does nothing to help deal with this illness. It’s time we join Ontario and BC as well as other jurisdictions calling for the Federal Government to decriminalize drugs and save lives. We must bring people into a system that can help them heal and recover their lives.”