A message from Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan:
On behalf of the Alberta Liberal Party, I hope you are all staying well during these extremely difficult times. Albertans are facing an unprecedented global crisis. The entire world will be impacted for months and possibly years.
It's vital that we do all we can to stay healthy during this pandemic. We must also reach out to help others with their challenges. Please follow the advice to wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing. Look out for one another, especially the elderly and more vulnerable members of our society.
Visit the Alberta Government’s website on COVID-19 for information and updates.
COVID-19 presents a serious public policy crisis for all Albertans. There are significant implications for health care, the economy, labour rights and the future structuring of our social services.
It's most important we heed the expert advice of public health officials, health care workers and our elected representatives. They have the most current and accurate information. They are committed to making the necessary and difficult decisions that will benefit all of us.
I am urging all political parties and all levels of government to work cooperatively and respectfully. United we can effectively manage the immense challenges we are facing across Alberta and throughout Canada.
We'll get through this together. Stay safe.
Friends and Members
With COVID-19 now classified as a global pandemic and increasing numbers of cases confirmed in the province all scheduled Alberta Liberal Party events will be postponed until further notice.
The Executive Committee will be meeting very shortly to discuss how to support Constituency Associations in organising AGMs and other events. We will be investigating various options with teleconferencing or virtual town halls.
I am aware that there will be questions that such a response is unnecessary or is going too far. I would simply argue that it is better to be safe than sorry. As a paramedic, working the front-line of our health care system, I am intimately aware of how the public health system is coping and how the situation is evolving. I assure you that I and the Executive Committee will continue to do our very best with this rapidly changing situation.
Please make every effort to stay healthy. Look after yourself and those close to you. If you are feeling unwell, stay home, phone a friend. Don’t hesitate to call 811 for information and support. For up to the minute information, keep an eye on AHS’ Covid19 website.
President, Alberta Liberal Party.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issued the following statement in reaction to the UCP budget:
Khan stated, “At a time when Alberta needs thoughtful leadership, the UCP Government is offering wild projections and short-term thinking.
“The UCP Government is strapping Albertans in on the resource roller coaster once again. Their budget projections are banking on outdated and overly-optimistic oil and gas revenue projections from last year. Additionally, they are still relying on their corporate tax cuts to create an economic boom that just isn’t coming.
“If Alberta wants to confidently move towards a stable fiscal future, we need to implement the Alberta Liberal’s revenue-neutral sales tax. Without raising the tax burden on Albertans we can spur growth through tax efficiency and give some much-needed stability to our provincial finances. The UCP needs to stop rolling the dice and do their economic homework.
“This budget is going to hurt Albertans. The new funding formula for classrooms means funding will not keep up with enrollment growth. Changes to physician compensation and the firing of nurses will reduce the quality of care and drive more Albertans into our costly emergency services. This is pennywise and pound-foolish governance.
“While I give some credit to this government for at least trying to address the growing issue of orphaned wells, their solution is backward. The Orphan Well Association does not need loans from the Government. We need to make polluters pay. That is why the Alberta Liberals proposed the creation of a cleanup bond. The UCP needs to stand up for taxpayers and responsible resource companies that are paying their fair share.
“This UCP budget is a house of cards. It is only a matter of time before it topples over and Albertans are left cleaning up the mess.”