Alberta Liberals release Remembrance Day Statement

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann release the following statement in recognition of Remembrance Day:

“Today we remember those who served in Passchendaele, Normandy, Korea, and those who continue to serve with honour in Afghanistan and abroad.

“Many lives were tragically cut short in service to their country. Others return to Canada wounded both physically and emotionally. We owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude and must fully support them and their families.

“We enjoy freedom because of the sacrifice of our men and women in the armed forces. We will never forget their duty to our country and to all Canadians.

 

“Peace is never free. Peace is earned. We honour those who paid the price for Peace for all of us.”


Alberta Liberals call for emergency debate on $260 billion in unfunded oil patch liabilities

The Alberta Liberal Opposition has submitted a Standing Order 30 Motion with the Speaker’s Office. It calls for an emergency debate today on the publicly estimated $260 billion in unfunded oil patch liabilities.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA David Swann have been demanding answers on this issue. The NDP Government has been silent. Khan and Swann now believe a full and immediate public debate in the Legislature is essential to inform Albertans. Oil patch cleanups could become a financial, economic and environmental disaster for all Albertans.

Khan stated, “Taxpayers are on the hook for billions of dollars in cleanups. But how much exactly? The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said it could be $260 billion or more. The NDP Government said it was $58 billion. Alberta taxpayers have a right to know how big this problem really is.

“The potential financial hit could bankrupt Alberta. The potential environmental impact is unimaginable.

“There are also risks to a sustainable energy industry. ATB and Canada’s major banks may be exposed as both investors and lenders to the oil patch. All these issues should be publicly examined.”

Swann stated, “This emergency debate must be an open and honest discussion. We need to hear ideas from across the political spectrum on how to resolve these enormous challenges. We need non-partisan constructive solutions on behalf of all Albertans.”

Alberta Liberals appeal to all political parties to work together on this issue. We ask for unanimous support on this Emergency Debate in the Legislature. Albertans deserve answers.

David Khan and David Swann are available for media interviews.


Alberta Liberals demand emergency debate on $260 billion in energy reclamation liabilities

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are demanding the NDP Government hold an emergency debate about the shocking cost to taxpayers of oil patch project reclamation.

It could cost up to $260 billion to clean up the Alberta oil patch according to an Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) senior official. The NDP Government had said the cost is $58 billion. What is the truth? Why can’t Albertans get a straight answer?

AER has now apologized, claiming the $260 billion figure was in error. AER also admitted they were attempting to frighten the industry into paying a bigger share if the cleanup costs. But the CEO of AER is suddenly resigning in the aftermath. Is he being made a scapegoat for NDP mismanagement of this important issue? What’s the next shoe to drop?

Khan stated, “Clearly the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Did the NDP order the AER to mislead the energy industry? Why is the NDP trying to cover up and then punish the AER for doing its job? Albertans have the right to know what the facts are and why the NDP is using scare tactics.

“Albertans are being told there could be a quarter-trillion in reclamation liabilities. But, only .6% has been collected from energy companies. That leaves Albertans on the hook for a potentially massive bill 3X greater than Alberta’s projected total debt. Taxpayers deserve more than evasive answers and damage control by the NDP Government.”

Swann stated, “Alberta Liberals have repeatedly requested more transparency on these costs. Instead, Albertans are getting more cover up by this NDP Government. Albertans should be outraged the NDP are playing politics with our environment.

“Alberta Liberals are demanding an emergency debate on this issue for tomorrow. Albertans deserve the truth.”

David Khan will be available for interviews at the “Inns” today at the Legislature.


Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA Dr. David Swann call for protection of Albertans’ rights to medically assisted dying

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA Dr. David Swann are calling on the NDP Health Minister to enforce a patient’s right to medically assisted dying at Alberta’s religious-based health facilities.

Covenant Health facilities are refusing to allow medically assisted deaths on their premises, according to media reports. They are also blocking patients from receiving medical assessments. They will not even allow them to fill out paperwork at their facilities. This is shameful. This is also illegal.

Swann stated, “These patients have a constitutionally-guaranteed right to humane medically assisted death.

“It is unreasonable to force vulnerable and very ill Albertans to undergo physician assessments at other facilities. It is shocking that they are being forced to undergo those assessments or fill out forms on the sidewalk and at bus stops. Alberta Liberals insist this practice end immediately.””

Khan stated, “Patients have rights. Why is this NDP Government not defending them? These are public facilities using public funding. They must not be allowed to circumvent the law because of their ties to the Catholic Church. The NDP Health Minister must protect patients’ rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Alberta Liberals are calling for the law to be enforced. We stand with these vulnerable Albertans. They deserve to die with dignity.

David Khan and Dr. Swann are available for interviews.


Alberta Liberals demand answers on staggering Oil Patch Liabilities

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are demanding answers from the NDP Government on an estimated quarter of a trillion dollars in total oil and gas liabilities.

It could cost up to $260 billion to clean up the Alberta Oil Patch according to FOIP documents based on comments by a senior official with Alberta Environment Regulator (AER).

Khan stated, “That numbers are utterly shocking. It’s more than 16 times greater than the $1.6 billion in liability payments collected from energy companies. It’s more than 4 times greater than the $58 billion cleanup costs publicly estimated by the NDP Government. It’s almost 3 times greater than the $93 billion in projected total debt for Alberta.

“Alberta Liberals have demanded greater transparency on these liability numbers. We tried to boost accountability by suggesting an amendment to Government Motion XX during the spring session of the Legislature. The NDP turned us down.”

Swann stated, “We now know why the NDP rejected our amendment. They were trying to hide these disastrous figures from the public. It’s clear the NDP are not being honest with Albertans. The NDP are not living up to their fiscal or environmental responsibilities to this province.

“The Government must make all this information fully public including how these costs were calculated. Alberta Liberals demand there be safeguards for the environment and protection for Alberta taxpayers.

The NDP have criticized previous governments for not addressing the industry’s cleanup responsibilities. But, after 3 ½ years in office the NDP Government has not made any progress. Clearly, they are also kicking the can down the road.

Albertans should not be learning about these staggering liabilities from a FOIP search. The NDP Government must stop hiding this important information. Albertans deserve the truth.

David Khan and Dr. Swann are available for interviews.