Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann released the following statement to mark Alberta’s 13th annual Farm Workers Day:
“I am pleased to spend another Farm Workers Day celebrating their vital work every day of the year that puts food on our tables. For too many years, I spent this day mourning those killed or injured on the job, and calling for the government to guarantee their basic rights to a healthy and safe workplace, and a guarantee of compensation for injury.
“Now this day recognizes the fundamental rights and protections now offered to farm workers under the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. There is still much work to do in realizing health and safety in agricultural operations and ensuring paid farm workers are fairly treated, but the Act marks a significant step forward.
“I am therefore deeply disappointed that some politicians in Alberta are treating these rights as a political football, and threatening to repeal them. Alberta cannot afford to return to the last century of shame that they promise.”