Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces Alberta Liberal Indigenous Policy Platform.
Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals believe there must be reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in government and society. Indigenous Albertans face systemic racism and the consequences of Canada’s violent colonial past. Our plan will help addresses these issues.
“Over 60 percent of child intervention cases involve Indigenous children. We will create Regional Indigenous Child Protection Offices. Our bold strategy will keep Indigenous children in their communities, cared for by Indigenous-run organizations.
“Our Indigenous education reforms will include Indigenous Language immersion programs and Indigenous-led revisions to the curriculum. This will more accurately explain the Indigenous peoples history in Canada and the injustices they suffered.
“We will reform a justice system that is often harsh and unfair to Indigenous Albertans. We will ensure the Gladue Principle applies to Provincial offence convictions. This will mandate Provincial Courts to utilize Aboriginal-based sentencing principles. We will also amend the Jury Act to make juries more representative. We will put an end to police carding.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan pledges to reduce class sizes and boost support for true inclusive education.
Khan stated, “An Alberta Liberal Government will scrap class size guidelines in favour of class size caps. We will match this new policy with a necessary boost in funding. Students cannot learn when they are jammed in with 40 other students. Teachers struggle to meet students’ needs under these difficult conditions. We will change that to improve outcomes for both students and teachers.
“The NDP Government failed to reduce classroom size and meet class size guidelines over the past 4 years. The UCP will cut spending and make this difficult learning situation even worse for students and teachers. Class size guidelines have failed Alberta’s students and teachers for two decades.This is an intergenerational problem. It must stop.
“Our plan would see class size caps phased in over time by first targeting grades K-3 where class size reductions are the most effective. We would also introduce new accountability mechanisms to ensure funding meets the reduction goals.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan demands the immediate resignation of Caylan Ford, UCP Candidate in Calgary-Mountain View.
Khan stated, “Caylan Ford’s comments are abhorrent. Her support of white supremacist values will sicken decent people across this province. These are not the values of Albertans. These are not the values of the people in Calgary-Mountain View. She is not fit to run as an MLA. UCP Leader Jason Kenney should remove her immediately as his candidate.
“Alberta Liberals stand for a tolerant, inclusive and diverse Alberta. More importantly, we will never stand by and allow racism and hatred to flourish under the phoney guise of discussing political issues. Alberta Liberals will fight against all evil ideology.
“Fifty people were murdered in cold blood by a hateful terrorist in New Zealand just days ago. We stand with victims of racism and hate. We ask Jason Kenney to stand with us and remove Caylan Ford, his hand-picked UCP candidate in Calgary-Mountain View. That is the right decision. He knows it. We know it. Albertans know it.”