Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan responds to Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Op-Ed in the Calgary Herald on important city issues.
Khan stated, “Mayor Nenshi’s comments were unfair, inaccurate and disappointing. He dismisses all parties’ proposals as inadequate. We suggest he read the Alberta Liberal Party Policy Platform released earlier this week. We made important commitments on issues.
The Mayor is right that the UCP and NDP have waffled on city issues or remained silent. Alberta Liberals did neither. We are walking the Talk.
The Mayor’s Op-Ed is full of inaccuracies, misstatements and outright wrong facts. He suggested that no party has a fair distribution plan for cannabis tax revenue nor is Extended Producer Responsibility on any party’s radar. Alberta Liberals have clear policies in these areas. Our cannabis policy committed to an equitable cannabis revenue-sharing model. We also committed to Extended Producer Responsibility in our platform. Furthermore the Alberta Liberals pushed the NDP to pursue it in the Legislature.
“Alberta Liberals Policy Platform also pledged to recognize municipalities as an order of Government. We will grant them new revenue generating powers and double the funding for affordable housing. We will implement these policies based on consultation and collaboration with cities.
“Alberta Liberals have pledged many bold policies on key municipalities. We have made cities a priority this election. We will make life better for Albertans.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces the Alberta Liberal Party’s long-term plan for protecting Alberta’s environment.
Khan stated, “The Alberta Liberals are committed to protecting our precious environment. The ecosystem is connected to all parts of our life. We have the most comprehensive plan of any political party. We are making this a priority issue.
“We have a four-pillar plan for a more environmentally-responsible Alberta. This includes climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, taking care of nature and living sustainably.
“We have a strategy to mitigate climate-change. We will grow renewable energy, adopt a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and implement a voluntary high-polluting vehicle retirement program.
“We will create wildlife corridors, improve urban planning and adequately funding for disaster preparedness. This will help humans and wildlife adapt to the consequences of climate-change.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan releases the Alberta Liberal Renters Protection Policy.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals will protect displaced renters. We know being suddenly removed from your home is stressful. We will help with short-term financial aid.
“We will require landlords to pay $750 in relocation benefits to tenants displaced by a building disaster. Renters can use the funds to help them find temporary accommodations. We will amend the Residential Tenancies Act to ensure landlords fulfill this requirement. It will be the law.
“Kensington Manor residents here in Calgary-Mountain View were given 15 minutes’ notice to leave. It was a traumatic experience for these 125 people. They were not responsible for this emergency. But they paid the price. They suffered financial hardship. We will not let this happen again.
“The NDP have left renters behind. They have also not approved new condo regulations. They have failed to protect people in these extraordinary circumstances.
“Alberta Liberals stand with vulnerable Albertans. We will protect them in rental emergencies. We will not let them suffer financially. We will do what is right.”