KENT HEHR IN THE 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.”
NDP'S FIRST BUDGET JUST NOT WHAT WAS NEEDED
Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann says the budget tabled today by the NDP fails to address the needs of the Alberta economy.
“Albertans were looking for a proactive budget that would meet the needs of Albertans and be a driver for stimulating and diversifying our economy,” says Swann. “Unfortunately, this budget falls short.”
Alberta Liberals had called for the elimination of small business taxes, incentives for the private sector to create new, green technologies and for all debt financing to come with a debt repayment plan. Today’s budget contains no repayment plan, tax and fee increases that will hurt the middle class, and pilfering of the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.
“This is not the budget that Alberta needed,” says Swann. “We now have a massive and growing operational deficit with no action to address the root cause of the deficit. Our economy and our budget remain on the resource revenue roller coaster and we will continue to see deficits year after year.”