Swann Warns of Potential Environmental Damage to Oldman River

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has raised concerns of potential ongoing damage to the Oldman River in southern Alberta and is calling on the Minister of Environment to launch a full investigation.

I have received credible reports from local sources of heavy equipment operating in and near the river” writes Swann. “Witnesses also report a backhoe traversing the river on multiple occasions, digging into the river channel, stirring up vast quantities of sediment and potentially causing serious or even irreparable harm to the spawning Bull Trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish populations.”

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Swann Calls for Control and Elimination of Chronic Wasting Disease

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is calling on the government to protect Alberta’s agricultural industry and take action to control and eliminate Chronic Wasting Disease in Alberta.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a devastating and incurable prion disease found in deer. The disease has also been identified in animal waste found on wheat and plants consumed by cattle, which presents a theoretical risk that the disease could spread into our beef industry.

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October 27th Budget Must Contain Comprehensive Stimulus Plan

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says he is encouraged by early signals from the Minister of Finance that the October 27 budget will contain stimulus measures but adds that such measures must be comprehensive and multi-pronged.

“I am pleased that the Minister seems to be heeding the Alberta Liberals’ calls for infrastructure spending to help stimulate the economy,” says Swann. “Of course, we want to see that infrastructure spending be prioritized based on need – not political considerations – and include repairing existing infrastructure as well as new projects. We also hope to see it spent on variety of needs including public transit and affordable housing.”

Swann added Alberta Liberals support the use of debt to finance infrastructure spending but said Budget 2015 must contain a long term debt repayment plan in order to be responsible.

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