NDP Failing in Accountability and Transparency

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says Albertans are losing patience with the continued failure of the NDP to bring greater accountability and transparency to government.

“This is a government that continues to ignore constructive criticism and suggestions from the opposition that would improve accountability,” says Swann. “Whether it is lowering political donation limits, releasing an infrastructure priority list, or creating an independent commission to review public service appointments, this government has refused to act again and again.”

Swann’s comments follow the appointment of Bob Hawkesworth, a failed New Democratic Party candidate, as the Executive Director of the McDougall Centre, a non-partisan position.

“This is exactly why Alberta Liberals have repeatedly called for the creation of an independent public appointments commission to ensure individuals are appointed based on merit,” says Swann. “Meanwhile the government is making infrastructure decisions across the province without bothering to release its infrastructure priority list as promised.

“Sadly, the NDP seem content carry on with the practices of the previous regime rather than improve accountability and the public’s confidence in government.”

Statement from David Swann on the Rejection of the Keystone Pipeline

Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Swann has issued the following statement on the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: 

I am disappointed that the United States government has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline. This project was arguably in the best economic interests of both Alberta and the United States, and would have created thousands of jobs on both sides of the border.

“Alberta’s next steps are clear – it is absolutely imperative that we help build and promote social license through strong environmental regulations and real action on climate change. We must also create new economic opportunities for industry, and work with our partners in Confederation to ensure that other pipeline projects do get built.”

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Kent Hehr in New Federal Cabinet


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement on the swearing-in of the new cabinet:

“On behalf of the Alberta Liberals I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his newly unveiled cabinet. We wish this diverse and talented team all the best in the challenges ahead.

“Of course, the exciting news of cabinet is made even sweeter for Alberta Liberals by the appointment of our friend, former Alberta Liberal MLA Kent Hehr as minister of veterans affairs & associate minister of national defence. Our country, province, and the City of Calgary will be well served with Kent in cabinet.

“I would also like to send my best wishes to Amarjeet Sohi on his appointment as minister of infrastructure and communities. I know that Kent and Amarjeet, working alongside MPs Randy Boissonnault and Darshan Kang, will be strong advocates for Alberta’s interests within this new Liberal government.”