Alberta Liberals applaud Redwater Supreme Court decision and renew call for Cleanup Bonds

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue the following release on the Redwater Supreme Court decision.

Khan stated, “We believe in the polluter pay principle. We also believe Alberta taxpayers must be protected from massive liabilities. This historic Supreme Court ruling goes a long way to strengthening safeguards for our environment and Alberta taxpayers. Bankruptcy can no longer shield irresponsible energy companies.

“Alberta Liberals believe more must be done to address the province’s estimated $260 billion in cleanup liabilities. We have to adopt proactive measures against worst case scenarios.

“We are renewing our call that Alberta energy companies be mandated to purchase reclamation and cleanup bonds as insurance against financial catastrophe.”

An Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) senior official offered up the estimated $260 billion cost of cleanup.The NDP government admits that a mere $1.6 billion has been collected from industry. It’s about 0.6% of the total bill. That just won’t do.

Swann stated, “The court decision is good news. But it is not a complete solution to one of the biggest environmental and financial issues facing Albertans. We must not pass this massive burden on to future generations. Cleanup bonds are about taking responsibility today. The Alberta Liberal proposal brings us in line with other jurisdictions where bonds are an effective measure.

“We also believe greater transparency is needed. Albertans deserve independent verification of liabilities and regular public disclosure of progress.”

Khan added, “It’s time to take Alberta taxpayers off the hook. It’s time industry steps up to shoulder more of the financial responsibility. Alberta Liberals believe it’s the right thing to do.”


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 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.