Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces the Alberta Liberal Urban Municipalities Platform.
Khan stated, “Local Government matters. Our municipalities play an increasingly important role in the life of Albertans. But they are disrespected by higher orders of Government. Urban municipalities face unpredictable funding, cost downloading and a lack of cooperation.
“The Alberta Liberal Urban Municipalities Platform will stand up for municipalities and provide them greater autonomy. We will amend the Municipal Government Act to formally recognize municipalities and their councils. They will become a new order of government.
“We are committed to granting new revenue-generating powers to Edmonton and Calgary. Cities and their voters will be free to make decisions on taxes and spending. They will no longer need provincial politicians to make those decisions. Local decision makers know best about local issues.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces his gender equity platform.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals will end gender inequality in Alberta. Our bold plan will close the gender pay gap, combat violence against women and support women’s reproductive rights. We will boost equality of opportunity. Alberta Liberals will make life better for all Alberta women.
“The data is shocking. Edmonton and Calgary have the 25th and 21st largest Gender Gaps of 26 major municipalities in Canada. Alberta has the highest gender pay gap in Canada. Canada has one of the highest pay gaps among developed nations. We will act to end this injustice.
“An Alberta Liberal Government would use Gender-Based Analysis Plus (“GBA+”) budgeting to ensure policies, programs, and funding achieve equality of opportunity.
“We will make pay equity legislation a top priority. Alberta is the only province in Canada without pay equity legislation. We will guarantee non-discrimination in employment with financial and administrative support for Human Rights Act complainants.
“We will combat violence against women. We will increase funding to women’s shelters to address the 10% increase in shelter crisis calls over the last two years. We will enact Clare’s Law legislation allowing police to disclose criminal records for potentially abusive partners.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan releases his plan to battle climate change and create a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
Khan stated, “We must all fight climate change. It is one of the most important issues of our time. Alberta Liberals are making this a priority in the 2019 Election.
“We must all change our behaviour. It is not just a responsibility of heavy emitters. Every single ton of carbon we emit into the atmosphere carries a cost to society. We all bear the cost.
“Alberta Liberals will make the carbon tax revenue-neutral. Economists agree that market-based approaches are the most cost-effective tool available to governments to address greenhouse gas emissions. It strikes a balance between protecting our environment and protecting our economy.