Liberal Leader David Swann, who in 2015 proposed mandatory immunization for students, said Friday that the government’s initiative should be given a chance over the next few years to see whether it affects rates before considering mandatory vaccinations.
Liberal party panel member David Swann said Thursday there needs to be an objective review of that change.
“In 2014, we were so concerned about the government hiding information that we wanted to open everything up,” Swann said. “Now we realize the families affected feel they have no capacity to make a timely decision given the grief they’re in.”
“The focus was entirely on making it more transparent,” Swann said after the meeting. “Now I’m hearing, and all of us are hearing, that it’s inappropriate and unacceptable to force, especially grieving families, whether First Nations or not, about stopping that or enabling that publication ban.”
Liberal Leader David Swann blames a lax safety culture for the overall problem, saying that “virtually every injury incident is preventable.”
Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann said the legacy of asbestos continues to “wreak havoc” among older workers dealing with medical complications tied to its exposure decades ago.
But he also thinks the province lacks a serious commitment to safety and enforcement.
“We’re not getting ahead of it and more and more Albertans are feeling the sting, the sadness, the suffering associated with a family member dying from this terrible, terrible addiction,”Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann told News Talk 770.
Swann said he’d like to see the reinstatement of a provincial chief addiction and mental health officer — a position that the province dropped in 2015 — to coordinate the provincial response to the crisis.
“”We need increased public education efforts and timelier access to harm reduction, including opiate replacement therapy and safe injection sites,” Swann said. “We also need to expand the availability of these resources outside of our two largest cities. Lethbridge, for instance, has a four-month wait list — this is unacceptable.””
“The Alberta Liberals want the province to declare an emergency after a new report shows a growing number drug overdose deaths linked to fentanyl.”