Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann responds to CFIB’s Bill 6 Paperweight Award

Calgary, AB (January 30, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann argues the protections provided by Bill 6 outweigh the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s criticisms.

The CFIB recently awarded the bill a Paperweight Award for “outrageous regulatory headaches for small businesses,” arguing that the regulations were not written with the realities of farming in mind.

Swann replies that the protections provided to employers and workers by Bill 6 are paramount, and invites the CFIB to help ensure the bill’s smooth and effective implementation.

“Bill 6 benefits farmers as well as farm workers,” said Swann. “Workers’ Compensation offers no-fault coverage to employers, protecting them from liability in case of an accident. More importantly, Bill 6 gives basic legal protections to farm workers that have been lacking for almost a century.”

The CFIB sits on a technical working group consulting on the bill’s regulatory framework. Swann expects the organization to work to reduce difficulties for farmers, but to ultimately ensure workers continue to receive these vital protections.

“I encourage the CFIB to use its position on the government’s Technical Working Group to improve Bill 6’s implementation, creating a framework accessible to farmers and ranchers while still preserving the fundamental rights of their workers,” Swann concluded.


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann mourns the tragedy in Sainte-Foy

Calgary, AB (January 30, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement in reaction to last night’s shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Sainte-Foy:

“Words too often fail us during tragedies like these. My heart goes out to the victims of this despicable and unthinkable act, and the loved ones they leave behind.

“It is heartbreaking to see such malice directed at innocent people in their time of prayer. I join with those across the country in standing in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours and friends, and condemn the hatred and bigotry which birthed this heinous attack.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann celebrates Chinese New Year

Calgary, AB (January 28, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement to mark the beginning of the Spring Festival, which celebrates the Chinese New Year:

“Today begins a week of celebration, as the Chinese community both here in Alberta and around the world ushers out the old year and welcomes a new one. According to the Chinese Zodiac, we are entering the year of the Fire Rooster; I hope that Chinese Albertans enter it with the confidence and leadership they share with their zodiac sign.

“On behalf of myself and the Alberta Liberals, I wish our Chinese neighbours and friends prosperity and good fortune in this new year. 恭喜发财, 萬事如意!”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann urges Health Minister to reconsider injury prevention cuts

Calgary, AB (January 27, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann wrote to the Health Minister Sarah Hoffman today to express his concerns over funding cuts to the University of Alberta’s Injury Prevention Centre.

Last year, the Centre’s funding was abruptly reduced from $1,585,500 to $1 million – a dramatic cut of nearly 37 per cent. Prior to that, funding had remained stagnant for almost ten years.

Dr. Swann is calling on the Health Minister to reinstate or at least boost funding for the Injury Prevention Centre in Budget 2017, given the effectiveness of prevention initiatives in promoting health and reducing health care and economic costs.

A copy of Dr. Swann’s letter to Minister Hoffman can be found here.


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Calgary, AB (January 27, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement on International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust:

“Today we remember those deliberately and horrifically murdered by the Nazi state. Millions of people were relentlessly persecuted and killed for their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation by Adolf Hitler and his government.

“This is a day where we remind ourselves that hatred and prejudice has a cost that is all too often paid in lives. When we look back on these atrocities, we must keep in mind that ‘never again’ is more than just a hope, it is a commitment – to standing up for the rights of those that are different and refusing to be divided by fear.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann welcomes US executive order advancing Keystone XL pipeline

Calgary, AB (January 24, 2017):

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann welcomed today’s decision in the United States to advance Keystone XL.

“Alberta Liberals have long been in support of pipelines to get the province’s energy resources to international markets, so long as the best environmental protections are included and First Nations communities are properly consulted.

“In light of the significant challenges Alberta has faced relative to the prolonged slump in oil prices, the importance of this project proceeding cannot be overstated. Today’s decision is a positive development for both our province and our country.”