Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan’s Statement on the Wildcat Strikes by Healthcare Workers
Today, healthcare workers, primarily the 11,000 workers Jason Kenney’s UCP government plans to fire, have engaged in wildcat strikes at healthcare facilities across the province.
I stand in solidarity with them and with all Alberta’s critical frontline healthcare workers.
At the same time, we recognise the stress this is causing patients and their families, and we place the blame squarely on Jason Kenney, Tyler Shandro and the whole UCP government.
The following piece by Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan was originally published as an op-ed.
As we continue to struggle with the “new normal” of this pandemic, we must do so with one eye towards recovery. In my mind, there is only one kind of recovery: one that gets people safely back to work and at the same time, addresses the other major crisis of our time, climate change.
The federal government must take the lead on this because we need a national strategy that will both address the climate crisis and build the new economy.
A green recovery in Canada means investing in communities hard-hit by the economic impact of both the pandemic and the climate crisis. It means big and bold policies, such as carbon capture and storage, the elimination of toxic chemicals in agriculture, consumer goods and manufacturing, and the protection and rehabilitation of land, fresh water, and ocean ecosystems. It also means small, community-based programs that allow individuals to take control of their carbon footprints.
On Orange shirt day we remember one of the most horrific chapters in Canada’s past: the taking of Indigenous and Aboriginal children from their homes, families and communities to force them into residential schools. This was an act of cultural genocide, the consequences of which are still being felt to this day. We must make sure that this truth is taught and remembered.
The Alberta Liberals urge that we learn from this horrific past and make every effort to combat the systemic racism faced by Indigenous and Aboriginal Canadians today. The fact that over 65% of youth in Alberta’s state care are Indigenous despite only composing 10% of the child population shows that much more needs to be done to keep young people in their communities and with their families. That is why we are calling on the Alberta Government to fund the start-up of new regional Indigenous child protection offices, to be organized by, gifted to and run by First Nations in Alberta.
To learn more about the Alberta Liberal Party’s positions on Indigenous and Aboriginal issues you can view our 2019 platform here.