Alberta Liberals react to $2 billion bitumen upgrading facility proposal “letter of intent”

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following release on the announcement today of a “letter of intent” for a proposed $2 billion bitumen upgrading facility.

Khan stated, “Alberta taxpayers should not have to pay to create jobs for themselves and boost our economy. Every single Albertan is now on the hook for $110 per person with the $440 million loan guarantee by the NDP Government for this project. Even worse, the project needs additional private sector financing which has still not been secured by the operating company. The company admits the project won’t be finally approved until the end of 2019 or early 2020 – if at all. The benefits of this project are entirely speculative today.”

Khan added, “If the NDP Government has an extra $440 million to spend, then Alberta Liberals have some suggestions. We would use it to pay down the massive provincial deficit, end overcrowded classrooms or invest in more mental health supports. That will help all Albertans today. We can’t afford to wait for a year or more for a project that may never get off the ground.

“Alberta Liberals believe Government should not be in the business of private business. The NDP should leave this project to the experts – the private sector.

“The company admits this project is at the exploratory stage until it raises more private sector money. Albertans will have to hold their breath until those dollars show up and are committed to the project. Albertans need jobs. Albertans don’t need another pie in the sky project.

“The NDP Government is gambling with taxpayers dollars to shamelessly promote its chances for re-election. Albertans will not allow their votes to be bought with their own money. The NDP Government should not be playing the part of an investor in a political theatre stage show.”


Alberta Liberals extend greetings on Orthodox Christian Christmas

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann release statement on the celebration of Orthodox Christian Christmas.

“We wish all Orthodox Christian Albertans a Joyous Christmas.

“The Orthodox Christian community is an ongoing and integral part of Alberta’s heritage. They gather with friends and family to celebrate Christmas according to the Julian Calender. This includes enjoying the 12 traditional dishes of the Nativity Feast.

“On behalf of the Alberta Liberals, we wish all our Orthodox Christian friends and neighbours:

“Christos razhdayetsya

“Hristos se Rodi

“Christos etexthi

“Kristos rozhdaetsya!”


Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann supports strengthening federal Bill C-71 amending Firearms Regulations

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release on federal Bill C-71:

Swann stated, “We must do more to reduce over 1,300 firearms related deaths in Canada annually.”

More than 60% of gun deaths are suicides linked to mental health and addiction issues and are not the result of criminal activity. More than 350 children or youth are injured by gun violence with 25 dying from firearms injuries each year (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Dr. Swann stated, “As a public health physician and an Alberta provincial legislator, I stand with the Coalition of Gun Control and support their proposal to strengthen public policy to reduce preventable gun injury and loss of life. These unfortunate fatalities cost the national health care system billions of dollars.

“A priority is updating lists of restricted and prohibited weapons including handguns based on recommendations from the RCMP and police experts.

“We ust limit the proliferation of prohibited (military-style, rapid fire) and restricted weapons (handguns) while also restoring mandatory records on sales of rifles and shotguns.

“We need to provide more rigorous licensing protocols including tougher screening of applicants, restore more comprehensive records of firearms ownership, and improve controls on the transportation of restricted weapons.

“Public health recommendations include investing in youth and primary prevention services, requiring physicians to report cases where individuals are a threat to themselves and others.

“I urge all Albertans and Canadians to call for the strengthening of federal Bill C-71 an Act to Amend Certain Acts and Regulations in relation to Firearms by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) on Tuesday June 5.

“Join me with the chorus of Canadians demanding these amendments be approved.”


Alberta Liberals issue New Year statement

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA David Swann wish all Albertans a Happy New Year.

The past year has been tough for many Albertans. Falling oil prices and a sputtering economy have led to job losses and personal hardships. Mental health hotlines have seen a significant increase in calls from people in distress. Inflamed political rhetoric has spawned calls for separation.

Albertans deserve better. We are hard working, resilient and honourable. We love our province. We love our country.

Alberta Liberals will continue to fight for all Albertans. We will hold the Government to account on issues like boosting job creation, building the Trans Mountain pipeline, accessing quality healthcare, reducing classroom sizes, protecting our precious environment, safeguarding LGBTQ2S+ rights and improving the quality of life for all of us.

Albertans have a chance to vote for change in the next provincial election. They can vote for a brighter future with improved opportunities for everyone.

We have hope for a prosperous and promising New Year.

2018 has been tough. Alberta Liberals have your back. 2019 will be a better.