Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue release on the 2017-18 Alberta Government year-end financial results:
Khan stated, “Albertans continue to suffer through a jobless recovery while the NDP Government continues to ride the resource revenue roller coaster.
“Income tax revenue is $402 million short of the NDP’s own Budget projections. Albertans have to be working to pay income taxes. More Albertans are forced to be self-employed just to give themselves a pay cheque.”
Khan added, “Corporate tax income is $470 million lower than forecasted. Businesses are going bankrupt or moving away. NDP policies continue to drive investment away from this Province.
“The current $8 billion deficit has been reduced by a $1.9 billion increase in non-renewable resource revenue. Getting a lucky bounce in oil prices is not a financial plan.
“Albertans still have $8 billion reasons to be very unhappy with these financial results. The NDP are still riding the resource roller coaster. That ride will go off the rail if oil prices fall again.”
Swann stated, “Alberta Liberals would tackle this problem with pro-growth tax reform that would expand the economy and boost Government revenue to pay for social services. The NDP are mortgaging Albertans’ future and their children’s future with a current debt over $43 billion. The annual interest payments on that debt are $1.4 billion.
“Government spending is $400 million higher than last year and Albertans are not getting value for their money. Government spending isn’t going towards reducing class sizes. It’s not going towards boosting AISH payments. And the massive health budget isn’t reducing wait times.
“We don’t have to spend more. We have to spend more wisely. Albertans simply can’t afford this NDP Government.”
Alberta Liberal Leader has issued the following release on the GSA court ruling.
Khan stated, “This ruling is a milestone for Alberta LGBTQ2S+ youth and their supporters.
“GSAs improve and can save the lives of vulnerable youth. These peer support groups must be a safe place. Allowing children to be outed for joining a GSA compromises that safety. It would be recklessly irresponsible to put these children at risk.
“Parents are still free to teach their children whatever values they choose. GSAs do not threaten that. But, allowing youth to be outed for voluntarily joining one could threaten their well being; LGBTQ2S+ youth must feel that school is a safe place for them and that they can come out to their friends and family. They should be free to chose how and when.
“It is reassuring that a court of law has recognized and upheld the value of these peer support groups, after evaluating the facts. This ruling is free of political influence and partisanship.
“Alberta Liberals were the first political party to bring forward the issue of GSAs in the fall of 2014. Introducing that legislation eventually led to making GSAs mandatory in schools where students requested them.
“We continue to support GSAs and the students who wish to join them. Alberta is an inclusive society.”
“Diversity makes Alberta great. We celebrate that on Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
“This year is especially significant because it marks the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.
“Alberta is a province that has welcomed generation after generation of immigrants from around the world who joined the First Nations and Inuit who originally lived here.
“While we have differences, we also share the belief that all people are created equal and should coexist in peace and prosperity.
“I’m proud of my ethnic heritage. My family is part of Alberta’s rich and vibrant mosaic of people from different backgrounds.
“Today we celebrate our diversity. Every day we must strive for even greater inclusivity.”