Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann repeats call for NDP to help Fort Mac condo owners

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release:

Hillview Condo owners are getting hammered again after suffering the loss of their homes to the Fort McMurray wildfire. They are now facing a $20,000 fee to receive info from their own condo board on the rebuild of their homes.

Swann stated “It’s absurd they have to pay $20,000 dollars to receive information from their own condo board. Alberta Liberals are renewing their call for beefed up regulations to guarantee condo owners information from their condo boards.”

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann went to bat for these condo owners in the Legislature but received evasive answers from the NDP Government.

Swann stated, “Condo owners in Fort Mac and across Alberta are not being fully protected because the NDP is unwilling to enact regulations under the Condominium Property Act. This after the Act passed four years ago. Clearly, this is having real and very serious consequences for all Albertan condo owners.

“We’ve also demanded this Government create a dispute resolution board to resolve these situations. The NDP Government should be making low-cost legal services available to disaster victims who have lost their homes to disasters or major accidents.

“Alberta condo owners will continue to suffer while the NDP Government continues to drag its feet on these important regulatory changes.”

David Swann has sent a letter to the Minister of Service Alberta expressing his concerns on this issue.

Alberta Liberals say it’s a bad decision by the NDP Government to drop Associate Health Minister from Cabinet

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann issue this release on the NDP government dropping the Associate Health Minister from Cabinet:

Khan stated, “The health portfolio needs two cabinet ministers. Its nearly half the provincial budget and is too big for any one minister to handle. The NDP Government has made another bad decision by eliminating the position of Associate Health Minister. It sends the wrong message to Albertans.

“We’re facing major issues in health care like EMS Red Alerts, the Opioid Crisis, a bloated AHS bureaucracy, and chronic underfunding for mental health and preventative health. The NDP have failed to adequately address these issues.

“The NDP talk about UCP cuts to health care. But this Government has done little to improve health care for Albertans. Now, they are cutting a key health care voice from Cabinet.”

Dr. Swann stated, “I had a good working relationship with the former Associate Health Minister. I’m very disappointed to see the NDP suddenly eliminate this key position. I will continue to hold the NDP Government to account on the health care file.

“Health care issues are numerous and complex. Clearly this NDP Government is not serious about fixing these issues when it eliminates a frontline health care cabinet minister.”

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann release statement on Eid al-Fitr

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann have released the following statement on Eid al-Fitr:

“Today is Eid al-Fitr, a day that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, reflection and community service for Muslims.

“Across Alberta Muslims will be gathering in Mosques, parks and public spaces to celebrate the end of their month of fasting, spirituality and service to those less fortunate.

“We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all Muslims today. After a month of fasting and spiritual reflection and replenishment we hope you enjoy your much-deserved celebration.

“The Alberta Liberals proudly count diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism among our core values. We are proud to have Muslims add their cultural diversity to our great province.

“May this Eid al-Fitr by a joyous one for Muslims across the province.”

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann questions NDP Government on leaving Condo Owners Behind

Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release on Fort McMurray condo owners left behind by the NDP Government:

MLA David Swann says the NDP Government’s inadequate policies have failed condo owners of Hillview Park Condominium Complex which was destroyed in 2016 during the Fort McMurray wildfire.

“Their lives have been turned upside and they cannot turn to the NDP Government for solutions.

“I’ve spoken with concerned citizens whose homes were destroyed in the Fort McMurray disaster. They are coping with the stress and emotional trauma of losing their residence to the 2016 fire. They are also dealing with legal entanglements during the rebuild that have been exacerbated by weak NDP policies.

“These condo owners are facing extreme financial barriers with their legal issues. They are unable to access information from their own condo boards pertinent to the rebuilding project. They are being given no recourse to a dispute resolution system. They are not being treated fairly.

“In the four years since the Condominium Property Act was passed but there are still no regulations to create a much needed dispute resolution board. Nor is there a guaranteed access to information for condominium owners from their own condo boards. This makes it extremely difficult to deal with complex legal issues.

“This is even worse for victims of disaster who have lost their home to catastrophic accident or natural event like those at Hillview Park Condominium Complex. The NDP Government needs to provide solutions including pro bono or low-cost legal services available to people whose lives have been turned upside down and clearly can’t afford a lawyer.”

Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann supports strengthening federal Bill C-71 amending Firearms Regulations

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release on federal Bill C-71:

Swann stated, “We must do more to reduce over 1,300 firearms related deaths in Canada annually.”

More than 60% of gun deaths are suicides linked to mental health and addiction issues and are not the result of criminal activity. More than 350 children or youth are injured by gun violence with 25 dying from firearms injuries each year (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Dr. Swann stated, “As a public health physician and an Alberta provincial legislator, I stand with the Coalition of Gun Control and support their proposal to strengthen public policy to reduce preventable gun injury and loss of life. These unfortunate fatalities cost the national health care system billions of dollars.

“A priority is updating lists of restricted and prohibited weapons including handguns based on recommendations from the RCMP and police experts.

“We ust limit the proliferation of prohibited (military-style, rapid fire) and restricted weapons (handguns) while also restoring mandatory records on sales of rifles and shotguns.

“We need to provide more rigorous licensing protocols including tougher screening of applicants, restore more comprehensive records of firearms ownership, and improve controls on the transportation of restricted weapons.

“Public health recommendations include investing in youth and primary prevention services, requiring physicians to report cases where individuals are a threat to themselves and others.

“I urge all Albertans and Canadians to call for the strengthening of federal Bill C-71 an Act to Amend Certain Acts and Regulations in relation to Firearms by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) on Tuesday June 5.

“Join me with the chorus of Canadians demanding these amendments be approved.”

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann releases statement on Seniors’ Week 2018

MLA Dr. Swann has released the following statement to mark Senior’s Week June 3 to 9 in Alberta.

“Seniors’ Week is a time to recognize the many and varied contributions of Alberta’s seniors. Their life experience and hard work has laid the foundations of Alberta’s past and present. Their wisdom continues to guide Alberta’s future.

“We must take the time to reach out and connect with these Albertans who add value to our communities and continue to improve our quality of life across this province.

“Alberta’s seniors deserve our respect and appreciation.

“I encourage Albertans to take time this week to reflect on the contributions of seniors and to honor seniors who have enriched the lives of all Albertans.”

Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann releases statement on World No Tobacco Day

Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann has released the following statement World No Tobacco Day:

“Albertans have been waiting 5 years for the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act to be fully implemented and enforced.

“Restrictions on tobacco sales to minors, protections for Albertans from secondhand smoke at work and a ban on all flavoured tobacco products. There is no excuse for 5 years of Alberta Government delay for these important policies.

“Alberta also has the most affordable cigarettes in Canada due in part to having the ninth lowest cigarette taxes amongst provinces and territories. Raising the cost of smoking is one of the most effective deterrents and raises revenue to further efforts to save lives.

“On international World No Tobacco Day, we need to recognize both the past decade of progress in reducing youth tobacco uptake and also the gaps the NDP Government in Alberta needs to fill in the fight against tobacco use.

“I will continue to demand the NDP Government follow through on its pledge to stop all private meetings with tobacco lobbyists – an industry that profits from promoting a product that produces addiction, illness and death.”

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann reacts to compensation deal with AMA

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has issued the following release in response to the doctor compensation deal the Alberta Government has reached with the Alberta Medical Association:

Swann stated, “A two-year freeze on fees is a reasonable deal for both doctors and Alberta taxpayers. Doctors in Alberta are the still the highest paid in Canada.  This decision has contributed to stability in our healthcare system and held the line as our economy recovers.

“I am concerned with the longstanding pay discrepancy and conflict over relative income which again arose this year between specialists and general practitioners(GPs). GPs play a central and important role in first contact, access to testing and referral, and a continuing care role that includes preventative care.

“It is also clear that more focus by both the NDP Government and the AMA is needed to make progress on alternatives to fee-for-services in order to provide outcome accountability and bring down costs in the long term.”

Alberta Liberals are Cautiously Optimistic about Trans Mountain Deal

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann issue release on Federal Liberal Government announcement to buy Trans Mountain Pipeline:

Khan stated, “I’m cautiously optimistic construction will proceed on the Trans Mountain Pipeline project. This represents a significant economic opportunity for Alberta and Canada. A completed expanded pipeline will allow Alberta to safely ship its energy products to new markets and earn a better price. However, there are still many unanswered questions.

“We need more details about how Alberta taxpayers are exposed to possible cost overruns. We also believe the Heritage Savings Trust Fund should not be tapped to pay for this project until there are final numbers and assurances this will not be a blank cheque. We welcome the creation of project jobs and increased provincial revenue. This cannot come at any price.

“We urge Alberta’s NDP Government to withdraw Bill 12. That legislation was an extreme and desperate measure and had the potential for a severe backlash against Albertans.

“Ultimately, it was negotiations by the Federal Liberals not threats by the Provincial NDP that resulted in this deal.

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann added, “This is a hopeful announcement but there are still concerns about environmental accountability.

“We need annual full cost accounting on the tripling of greenhouse gas emissions in relation to this pipeline and public liabilities for tailing ponds cleanup. We also need to know what the returns will be on any taxpayer equity investment.

“We must be willing to be accountable to Albertans about all environmental and reclamation costs as well as the benefits associated with our oil sands for the good of the people of Alberta and our environment.”

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann will speak on “Sixties Scoop” Apology

Edmonton, AB – May 28, 2018: Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann has issued the following release on his upcoming statement in the Legislature on the Sixties Scoop apology:

Swann stated, “The “Sixties Scoop” is one of the darkest chapters in modern Canadian history. Indigenous Children in alarming numbers were taken from their families, their homes and their communities. They were ripped away from the life they knew and their culture.

“I applaud this Government for taking this important symbolic step. It is important to show that we are listening. However, it is equally important to show that we are willing to take action.

“While improvements have been made, many indigenous youth in state care are still cut off from their families and culture. Our system lacks the necessary cultural support to help preserve Indigenous identity.

“67% of the youth in state care in Alberta are of indigenous descent, despite Indigenous Albertans only comprising 10% of the child population. This is no small problem. That is why I’m calling on the NDP Government to follow through on their promise to address these issues.”

Dr. Swann will speak further on the “Sixties Scoop” apology in the Legislature today.