Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann is asking tough questions on the NDP Government’s closed door relationship with the Big Tobacco Lobby.
Dr. Swann stated, “I’m concerned the NDP Government is welcoming tobacco lobbyists to back door meetings despite Alberta’s commitment to stop these secret discussions.”
‘’It’s time the NDP Government comes clean and tells Albertans.”
Dr. Swann is demanding to know if the NDP Government is honouring its commitment to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC forbids meetings behind closed doors with tobacco lobbyists. Canada and its regional governments including Alberta are FCTC signatories.
“The NDP Government also continues to delay implementation of the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act. It would only take a single cabinet meeting to implement this important piece of legislation. What is the NDP waiting for?”
“Albertans deserve to know if the delay in implementing the legislation is related to these lobbying efforts.”
“This raises questions about the NDP commitment to transparency on this issue.”
“Reducing tobacco use lowers both death rates and health care costs for all Albertans.”
Alberta Liberals are demanding the NDP Government start taking the health of all Albertans more seriously.