Liberal MLA David Swann says Albertans short changed by NDP Govt rejection of his public accountability amendment to pipeline motion

Edmonton, AB – March 14th, 2018: Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann says the NDP Government is losing credibility with Albertans and Canadians by rejecting my amendment calling for more transparent annual reporting on both the benefits AND the risks of increasing bitumen flows in Government’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion motion.
“It’s shameful that the NDP Government is refusing to discuss Albertans’ concerns
about both the environmental costs and financial liabilities of our oil sands industry.”

“What is the NDP Government hiding from citizens now and from future generations?’’

“There is a price to pay for increasing bitumen production to feed into the Trans Mountain pipeline and Albertans deserve to know the real environmental cost of increasing GHG emissions and the potential public cleanup bill for tailings ponds estimated at least $20 billion.”

“My amendment would have forced the Government to report annually on Alberta’s oil sands region through a transparent, full cost accounting framework.”

“The NDP Government has to do better and I will continue to demand answers and hold them to account on behalf of all Albertans.”


Liberal MLA David Swann proposes environmental accountability amendment to pipeline motion

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann is requesting to propose an environmental accountability amendment to the Government’s motion asking the Legislative Assembly to reaffirm its support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion:

Speaking on the amendment Swann stated, “Albertans expect us to hold this government to account on their environmental promises. Many Albertans want to see the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, however they are concerned about both the environmental costs and financial liabilities of our oil sands industry.”

Swann’s motion would be calling on the Legislative Assembly to address public concerns and bolster public confidence in bitumen production and pipeline transport by committing to report annually on Alberta’s oil sands region through a transparent, full cost accounting framework.

The full cost accounting framework would include both reclamation liabilities and greenhouse gas emissions.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan commented, “By committing to transparent reporting the Legislative Assembly could ease concerns and improve accountability. I am confident this would increase support for the pipeline project both at home and abroad.

“We must be willing to be honest about all environmental and reclamation costs associated with our oil sands for the good of the industry, the people of Alberta, and our environment.”

Swann will be available to media for questions at 1:15 in the rotunda of the Legislature before questions period.


Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann set out priorities for the 2018 spring legislative session

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann set the following issues as Liberal priorities:

Pay Equity

Alberta remains the only province without Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation. On International Women’s Day the NDP Government should be ashamed of that record. Alberta has the highest gender wage gap in Canada. Canada has the third highest gap among OECD countries.

“The Alberta Liberals are demanding proactive pay equity legislation and stronger enforcement of the Alberta Human Rights Act.”

 Pipelines

 “Alberta Liberals support the twinning of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. We understand how important this project is to job creation and the economy in Alberta, and developing new markets for our oil & gas products. However, we must make a clear transition away from reliance on fossil fuels, especially heavy oil.”

Job Loss

 “Alberta families are still suffering from an economic recession and the recovery has been meager at best. Consumer and investor confidence are down. We’ve lost thousands of oil and gas jobs we will never get back and the jobs we are creating are lower paying.

“The only response the NDP government has offered us is a $9 billion dollar deficit and doubling down with public money on the volatile oil and gas industry. They aren’t rebuilding our economy and they are certainly not building a sustainable one.

“Alberta Liberals will push for tax reforms to encourage private investment and job creation. We will also call for carbon tax revenue to be used to develop technology that will make the oil and gas industry more environmentally sustainable.”

Opioid Crisis

“The opioid crisis continues to plague Albertans. There have been massive drug busts by police both in Edmonton and Calgary in the past month. Alberta Liberals will be demanding increased resources for law enforcement to reduce supply of dangerous drugs like fentanyl.

“We will also continue to advocate for greater access to safe consumption clinics to combat overdoses and fatalities. Our priority is to improve access to safe consumption sites, including in First Nation communities and reserves.”

Disability Advocate

There is still no disability advocate 10 months after the NDP approved the position. The Alberta Liberal Caucus continues to deal with heartbreaking stories from vulnerable Albertans unable to get the care and assistance they need.  We will demand the immediate appointment of an advocate and adequate funding to improve this situation.”

Electoral Reform

“The Premier committed to a provincial election in 2019. Alberta Liberals will be pushing the Government to improve diversity among MLAs by reforming our electoral system. We will ensure the government is consulting Albertans on electoral reform.”