Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan criticizes Saudi Arabia on trade and human rights

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has issued the following statement on the Saudi Arabia issue:

“I support our Federal Government with their courageous commitment to human rights. Canada must remain a passionate advocate for the fundamental freedoms of all people around the world.

“We may pay an economic cost for taking this bold, principled stand. We should not back down. Instead, we should back up our position while also boosting our own economy.

“Alberta Liberals urge Canada to reduce crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia. Those oil imports account for over 10% of our domestic needs.

“The Federal Government should also begin new talks to advance the Energy East Pipeline and replace foreign oil imports in eastern Canada from a country with a reprehensible record of human rights abuses.

“Alberta crude is cleaner and more ethical. Quebec and the Maritimes need our oil. Canada needs the jobs created by the pipeline project.

“Canada would increase its energy independence, and send a strong message to the Saudi Government. Let’s do what’s smart. Let’s do what’s right. Let’s show leadership.”

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann release statement on Heritage Day

Alberta Liberals David Khan and David Swann issue the following joint statement:

We join with Albertans in celebrating Heritage Day. The first Monday in August recognizes the rich and diverse multinational cultures that have helped to build this great province and our wonderful country.

Khan stated, “Together we acknowledge the diversity, inclusion, tolerance and freedom that are the hallmarks of our proud democracy and our vibrant society.

Swann added. “Our rich mosaic includes people of all religions, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and ethnicities, including the Indigenous Peoples who first called this land home. They all contribute to the quality of life we enjoy and help build a better future for our children and our grandchildren.”

Alberta Liberals are proud to support and encourage these values on behalf of all the citizens in this province and throughout this country.

Happy Heritage Day – Enjoy the Long Weekend.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan demands NDP strengthen PACs legislation

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has issued the following release:

A recent Elections Alberta Report shows the NDP are financially benefiting from their failure to meaningfully regulate Political Action Committees (“PACs”).

The NDP-affiliated PAC “Project Alberta” (run by a former NDP staffer) received $340,000 in lump-sum donations this year from United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401 and the Toronto office of the United Steelworkers (USW). That’s according to a report on the donations received by third-party advertisers.

Khan stated, “The NDP hid behind flimsy legal arguments and refused to support the Liberal bill to regulate PACs last fall. Instead, this Government introduced weak legislation still focused largely on third-party “advertising” that failed to set contribution limits or reflect the evolution of PACs in Alberta. It did not ban union, corporate and out-of-province/ foreign donations or regulate spending outside of the short official election period. It also refused to legally define PACs. The NDP effectively gutted the bill to suit their own political agenda.

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