Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues statement regarding claims the NDP and UCP caucuses are colluding to silence the voices of Albertans.
Khan stated, “It is fundamentally undemocratic to silence the voices of 350,000 Albertans in the Legislature. That is the upshot of the NDP and UCP using legislative tricks to reduce committee representation by smaller parties and independents. The Government and the Official Opposition should not be using these tactics to silence duly-elected MLAs. It is shameful. It is wrong.
“We believe independents and other smaller parties are thinking small on this issue. The truth is, our electoral system is fundamentally broken. It is unfair to smaller parties and the Albertans who voted for them.
“The “First-Past-the-Post” winner-takes-all system continues to distort election results. Albertans should have the right to vote for what they believe in. They should not be forced to make poor choices or resort to “strategic voting.” It rewards parties with 40% or less of the vote with all of the power. That must change.”
Alberta Liberals are pushing for electoral reform to improve our democracy and move towards proportional representation (“PR”).
Khan continued, “Under our proposed PR electoral system, the Legislature would more accurately represent all Albertans. Proportional representation also improves representation for women, visible minorities, and other underrepresented groups.”
Alberta Liberals want to build a better democracy. We will fight to represent ALL Albertans. Let’s think BIG.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan offered the following remarks on what Alberta policy makers can learn from the Oshawa Plant Closure:
"We feel the pain of GM auto workers in Oshawa. It’s tough getting a surprise notice about losing your job just weeks before Christmas.
But there’s plenty of pain already here in our own backyard. Alberta oil patch workers have been slashed from payrolls for several years now. Many have exhausted unemployment benefits. New decent-paying jobs have been almost impossible to find. There is no light at the end of our tunnel with bitumen prices hovering at all-time lows, and several export pipelines in limbo.
Rather than play the blame game, let’s learn from the GM experience.
Invest in People: Alberta Liberals believe the future of our province is its people. Government should be investing in them, not putting taxpayers dollars into corporations and expensive high-risk projects. We support putting more money into education and retraining programs. A highly educated, skilled and adaptive workforce is the key to a stronger economy that can keep pace with new technologies and challenges.
Don’t Pick Winners and Losers: Alberta Liberals are not afraid to let markets work. History is littered with failed attempts to pick corporate winners and losers. Governments and taxpayers can pay a huge price with little or no return. Canada and Ontario pumped $10.6 billion into GM, which didn’t buy them any loyalty. Let’s not repeat this mistake."
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is proposing an Oil Patch Cleanup Bond to deal with an estimated multi-billion-dollar pollution problem.
Khan stated, “We believe in the principal that Polluters Must Pay. We propose that Alberta energy companies be required to purchase reclamation and clean-up bonds as insurance against the possibility of a financial catastrophe.
“We insist Alberta taxpayers be protected from an estimated potential $260 billion cleanup of the province’s oil patch. Without this measure Alberta could face financial catastrophe and our precious environment could suffer unimaginable damage.”
An Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) senior official offered up the estimated $260 billion cleanup bill. It was suggested the figure serve as a call to action. It was also meant to highlight deficiencies in Alberta’s liability management programs. AER has since retracted the number. Now what?