…The steps won applause from past critics of the energy regulator, such as the Pembina Institute and Liberal Leader David Swann, although they had other concerns. …
Lethbridge, AB (January 13th, 2017):
David Swann and the Alberta Liberals fully support the oil and gas industry and call on Justin Trudeau to clarify his remarks. Alberta’s oil sands industry is both environmentally responsible and generates hundreds of thousands of jobs both here and across Canada.
“All of us, including the oil and gas industry, already recognise that we are in a transition to cleaner energy,” said Swann. “In the current international economic climate the industry does not need any more uncertainty about its future. We need our Prime Minister to not only support this industry, the economic engine of the country, but to communicate that clearly.
“Given Justin Trudeau’s recent pipeline approvals I believe he should be given the benefit of the doubt and a chance to clarify his remarks,” Swann concluded.
…Clark voted against the NDP’s Climate Leadership Implementation Act — better known as the carbon tax act — last June.
So did Alberta Liberal interim leader David Swann. He now supports the carbon tax, but grudgingly. He says the NDP has never properly communicated the anticipated effects of the tax, either economically or environmentally….
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.”