CALGARY, AB (October 22, 2015): Dr. David Swann congratulated MLA Danielle Larivee on her appointment as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta but expressed concern about the repeated changes in leadership at Municipal affairs.
“I have enjoyed working with Ms. Larivee as we have examined ways to improve our mental health system. In particular her commitment to addressing the housing needs of vulnerable will be of great value in her new role,” says Swann. “However, while Ms. Larivee is a talented and hard-working individual, I am deeply concerned about the revolving door of ministers at Municipal Affairs. Ms. Larivee is the 6th Minister of Municipal Affairs in less than two years, our cities require more continuity than that.”
Swann added that he was concerned that the constant changeover of ministers will further delay important projects like the creation of Big City Charters to empower the governments of Edmonton and Calgary.
“This project has been delayed again and again,” says Swann. “While I know the new minister comes in with the best of intentions, it is long past time to get Big City Charters signed.”