Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue statement after reports Prime Minister Trudeau will consider rail car purchase and enhanced employment insurance benefits to help Alberta.
Khan stated, “We congratulate Prime Minister Trudeau for his willingness to consider funding Alberta rail car purchases to boost oil shipments to international markets. We are also pleased that he will look at temporarily extending employment insurance (“EI”) benefits for laid-off Alberta workers. These two measures will help Albertans enjoy a Merry Christmas.
“Alberta’s energy sector has been hit hard. Albertans need help. The oil price differential and new mandated production cuts could lead to more layoffs, with Alberta’s GDP growth predicted to be slashed by up to 50% next year. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help our workers through this troubling time. The Federal Liberal Government will deliver that help, and we appreciate that effort.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue statement on 2019 Provincial Election.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals welcome the Premier’s confirmation of a Provincial Election in the Spring of 2019. We are gearing up our efforts to rollout a vigorous campaign in the coming months. Albertans will finally have a chance to exercise their choice on the future of this Province.
“The NDP have been a failed progressive government that did not deliver to Albertans on key issues such as protecting vulnerable Albertans, reducing classroom sizes, protecting our precious environment, paying down the massive debt, and keeping unregulated dark money out of our political system. They failed to introduce gender pay equity legislation, implement the recommendations of the “Valuing Mental Health” report or provide access to MAID services for all Albertans.
“The UCP will gut our social safety net with slash-and-burn spending cuts. They will destroy hard-fought gains for equality, inclusion and tolerance in Alberta. They courted Political Action Committee (“PAC”) money to undermine democracy that will disenfranchise Albertans. They want to turn back the clock to the 1960s.
“Alberta Liberals are a forward-thinking, progressive party. We will spend more wisely, not just spend more, like previous governments. We will invest in healthcare and education. We will protect vulnerable Albertans. We will safeguard our precious environment. We are not beholden to big unions or corporations. We will put Albertans first.
“Alberta Liberals will work hard to improve the quality of life for all Albertans. We look forward to the 2019 Provincial Election.”
Swann stated, “I will be working vigorously to help elect Liberal MLAs across this province in this upcoming election.
Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann was in attendance at the Assembly of First Nations AGM in Ottawa today. There, a historic resolution was passed calling for a phasing out of game farming to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (“CWD”) in Canada.
Swann stated, “I applaud this bold resolution from the AFN. CWD poses a huge agricultural, environmental, and economic threat to Alberta and Canada. It is especially dangerous to certain First Nations communities, threatening their way of life and their ability to live off the land.
“Game farming is how CWD has developed in cervids. This resolution is a partial measure to help prevent its spread and possible mutation into a more serious disease that could harm our agriculture industry and even pose a risk to human health.
“CWD is a fatal and incurable (prion) animal disease comparable to BSE (mad cow disease) in its potential to kill humans as well as severely damage our agricultural economy for decades. Given that Norway has banned the import of all hay and straw from any CWD infected region, it’s clear the time to take action is now.
“Federal and Provincial Governments must work cooperatively with First Nations to enshrine this resolution in law and on other strategies to combat CWD. They must make this an urgent priority.”
Dr. Swann is available for interview by phone.