Alberta Liberals’ Priorities for Spring Session

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue their priorities for the 2019 Spring Legislative Session.

Khan stated, “The Alberta Liberals priority issues will be improving public healthcare, the TMX Pipeline, boosting education and an immediate ban on conversion therapy. We will hold the NDP Government to account for failing to deliver on its progressive promises. We will also battle against the UCP efforts to push the legislative agenda towards their 1950s social conservative vision of Alberta.”

Swann stated, “We must preserve public healthcare. We will hold the NDP Government to account with its Bill 1 for failing to reduce wait times, not providing sufficient mental health resources, and limiting access in Central Alberta.”

Khan added, “Alberta Liberals will also fight against any and all efforts to privatize this vital service for Albertans. The UCP are prepared to cut healthcare funding and boost the fee-for-service model. All Albertans deserve affordable and accessible public health care.

“We will push the NDP to demand Federal Government accountability on the status of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Indigenous consultation process. As a Constitutional Law & Indigenous Rights lawyer, I know this consultation can be complex, extensive and sensitive. We must get this right. Albertans cannot afford another mistake on this project so vital for job creation and our economy.”

Khan continued, “We will continue to tackle education issues, including the Government’s failure to reduce class sizes, boost inclusive education and immediately end seclusion rooms.”

Swann stated, “We called on the Government for legislation banning Conversion Therapy 13 months ago, in February 2018. Nothing has happened. We will continue to pressure them on this issue. A Jason Kenney Government cannot be trusted to care about this issue and legislate a ban. cuttle a legislated ban. We must have action on this issue during the session.

“We know Albertans are anxious about their future. They see other political parties squabble and stumble from scandal to scandal. Alberta Liberals will be different. We will present constructive solutions. We will make life better for all Albertans.”


Alberta Liberals demand immediate ban of seclusion rooms

David Khan stated, “Alberta Liberals demand that seclusion rooms be banned immediately.

Education Minister David Eggen’s decision to wait another six months is deplorable. The NDP Government continues to subject vulnerable children to the barbaric practice of seclusion rooms for the rest of this school term. That is unconscionable.

“Even worse is that some Alberta schools will be allowed to continue seclusion room use after August 30 if they can convince the NDP Government. This is one step forward and 10 steps back.

“Alberta Liberals believe the NDP Government has also failed to address the key issue of true inclusion of special needs students. We must have more resources to properly support teachers in classrooms with these vulnerable children. We need to hire more educational assistants and provide more funding for the creation of Individualized Education Plans and Positive Behaviour Intervention Supports. Unsupported mainstreaming of special needs children is not inclusive education.

“We have been pushing for this decision for months. The NDP Government finally agreed with the Alberta Liberal policy position. The right action is to safeguard vulnerable Alberta school children NOW – not next Fall. There must also be proper resources allocated to ensure special needs students are fully included in mainstream education.”

David Swann said, “We called for more stringent rules and mandating clear reporting practices last fall. We helped concerned parents organize a demonstration on the steps of the Legislature. We put forward our recommendations for a ban and more resources to facilitate special needs students. The NDP Government should have acted much sooner. But clearly, this government still does not get it.”

Khan continued, “Advocates are right to continue demanding a ban from the NDP Government. We will continue to work with these concerned Albertans. Our priority is to monitor the misuse of these draconian rooms for the rest of the school term. We will vigorously hold this Government to account on this important issue.

“True inclusion is a priority for Alberta Liberals.”