Calgary, AB (January 4, 2017):
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann called on the government today to commit to greater transparency and open communication as they implement their climate legislation.
“While nobody seriously expected the sky to fall on January 1st, Albertans are clearly worried about the effects the new legislation will have on them,” said Swann.
“The NDP has refused to clearly communicate those effects, whether they be on electricity, industry, transportation or consumer goods. Their ‘government knows best’ approach to climate change action has done nothing but encourage suspicion and resentment from Albertans.
“This could easily have been avoided,” Swann continued. “While long-supporting a price on carbon, the Liberal Caucus proposed amendments to the Climate Leadership Act that would have made the environmental and economic impacts of the plan clear to businesses and public. The NDP nevertheless voted them down.
“The science is settled,” Dr. Swann concluded. “Climate change is a real issue primarily caused by human activity. Action on climate change, however, must meet the same standards as any other government action: fair, transparent, and accountable. This government might see less resistance to their policies if they put more weight on those principles.”