Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following statement in recognition of the 55th anniversary of Flag Day in Canada.
Alberta Liberals are proud to join all Canadians in honouring our iconic flag and its shared values of diversity, inclusion, equality and freedom. Albertans can be proud that our now famous Red Maple Leaf was designed by a Calgarian. It was unanimously approved by our Parliament in Feb 1965.
“Flag Day is particularly important in 2019 amid the heated rhetoric questioning Alberta’s place in Confederation. Separatist sentiment has risen with increasing frustrations over pipelines and equalization payments. Some politicians claim we have no meaningful place in Canada. They are wrong.
“‘I share the frustrations of some Albertans but urge them to embrace positive solutions and use constructive dialogue to build a better country. Albertans have a rich history of leadership that helped to develop our nation. Albertans are an important part of Canada. That will never change.
“Canada is an ambitious nation. We are a country that is deeply committed to diversity and freedom of the individual. We have brought together unique populations, languages and cultures spread across the second largest national geography in the world.
“Albertans can build our country while still defending our provincial interests with collaborative, forward thinking. Let us honour our flag by honouring our country. Let’s live in peace, prosperity and with the promise of a bright future for all Canadians.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following release on Jason Kenney democratic reform proposals.
Khan stated, “Dark money will continue to buy elections in Alberta under the UCP’s proposal. A donation limit of $30,000 only seems reasonable when you have access to over $3 million in Political Action Committee (“PAC”) donations. The UCP is clearly comfortable using massive dark money pools. That is how you buy an election. Alberta Liberals condemn this abuse of democracy. We fear Alberta voters are losing control.
“Alberta Liberal Bill 214, An Act to Regulate Political Action Committees, introduced in 2017, proposed to limit PAC donations to $4,000. It is the same limit that currently applies to political parties. We would have banned corporate and union donations. The NDP Government killed our bill and substituted weak and and ineffective third-party advertising restrictions. The UCP stood on the sidelines and let this happen. Now, we know why.
Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan and Caucus Leader David Swann condemn NDP and UCP strong-arm tactics to weaken opposition parties and independent MLAs.
Khan states, “This is a bad day for democracy in Alberta. Albertans’ voices are being silenced. The NDP and UCP are ganging up to slash opposition parties’ and independent MLAs’ budgets by up to 60%. Clearly, the NDP and UCP fear the effectiveness of independent opposition MLAs.
“The “Gang of Two” are trying to entrench dual party rule in Alberta. This brutal tactic may work in tin pot dictatorships but not in this province. Alberta is an open democracy where citizens are legally entitled to many political choices.
“The Liberal Opposition pressured the NDP Government on many issues. We fought to get Albertans a better deal on AISH funding and classroom sizes. We battled against EMS-ER wait times and conversion therapy. We pushed for oil patch cleanup bonds to limit taxpayer liability.
“Competition is necessary for a strong democracy. When you muzzle democratic voices you are ignoring voters. The NDP and UCP will soon have to face those voters in the upcoming provincial Election. Alberta voters will not stand for this brutal attack on democracy.”