Media Advisory: Alberta Liberals to sponsor rally about the Seclusion Rooms Issue at the Alberta Legislature

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann are sponsoring a rally in support of concerned parents on the use of Seclusion Rooms prior to the opening of the Fall Session of the Alberta Legislature.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan stated, “We are raising awareness in support of many parents across Alberta who are concerned about the use and misuse of “Seclusion Rooms” in provincial school systems. These rooms are frequently utilized with special needs students. There have been several shocking incidents that had traumatic effects on the students. Parents neither approved of nor were even made aware the child was placed in an isolation room. This must stop immediately.

“We are also demanding that new mandatory rules governing the use of these seclusion rooms be approved by the NDP Education Minister during this Fall session of the Legislature. These rules must provide sensitive and compassionate direction for school systems surrounding the use of these rooms. Communication with parents and the outcome for special needs students must be included as key parts of these guidelines.”

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Alberta Liberals respond to dark money funding UCP election campaign

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following statement on the UCP receiving support from third-party political advertisers financed by lobby groups like the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta.

Alberta Liberals say the UCP is driving over democracy and motoring through loopholes in election law legislation. Alberta car dealerships and lobby groups have donated $170,000 and as much as $270,000 in total corporate political contributions to “Shaping Alberta’s Future.”

This third-party advertiser or Political Action Committee (“PAC”) aims to elect a Kenney UCP Government. It is buying political access and influence. Albertans should be outraged and concerned.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan stated, “We were the first political party to advocate for strong election financing legislation and comprehensive PAC regulation with our Bill 214 (“An Act to Regulate Political Action Committees”). The NDP blocked Bill 214 in last fall’s legislative session. The current NDP legislation does not go far enough to protect Albertans from influence peddling and insider politics. The NDP Government failed to pass effective legislation. Clearly, some political parties are now putting the pedal to the metal and taking advantage of the loopholes.

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Alberta Liberals renew call to declare Public Health Emergency for Opioid Crisis

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA Dr David Swann issue release renewing call for Alberta Government to declare Public Health Emergency for Opioid Crisis:

The NDP Government should be ashamed. Alberta health officials declined to participate in a major national opioid study that examined the demographics of overdose victims earlier this year. This underlines the Alberta Government’s failure to deal fully and effectively with this critical issue which is killing two Albertans a day - every day.

Dr Swann stated, “I demanded in September 2016 that the NDP Government declare the opioid crisis a Public Health Emergency. That was more than 2 years ago. Hundreds of Albertans have died from fatal opioid overdoses since then. What is this Government waiting for?

“Alberta continues to play “catch-up” due to a lack of deeper understanding about this issue. Addiction and the connection to mental illness along with the interaction of social and economic conditions must be studied to provide effective prevention and treatment services.”

 

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