David Swann statement on Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day

Calgary, AB (February 12, 2017): David Swann released the following statement to mark Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day:

“Our sexual health is something that we don’t like to discuss, yet is an important part of our overall well-being. Healthy sexual attitudes through open discussion and greater understanding of sexual consent at earlier ages are critically needed.

Safe sex practices are very much needed to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and there is no shame in seeking out medical treatment.

“We need more open attitudes to healthy sexuality in our province, but the first step comes from reducing the stigma.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann challenges Albertans to break down stigma for Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Calgary, AB (February 1, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement to mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week:

“Most of us take for granted the privilege of being able to enjoy a good meal without fear and anxiety. Eating is a universal human experience, and many of us value the simple pleasure of our favourite comfort food.

“For the many Albertans that suffer from an eating disorder, however, food is a source of angst and mental discomfort from which they cannot escape. Earlier identification and better counselling resources in our health system can help those afflicted recover; the most important thing we can do as citizens, however, is reach out with compassion and support.

“As with any mental illness, the greatest barrier to treatment of an eating disorder is fear of being dismissed or shunned. Only by breaking down the stigma surrounding eating disorders can we remove this barrier.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann celebrates Black History Month

Calgary, AB (February 1, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement on the beginning of Black History Month:

“I am pleased that Black History Month will finally be officially recognized by the Government of Alberta. The black community in Alberta has contributed greatly to our province’s history, and Black History Month is an opportunity for us to educate ourselves on their stories.

“With xenophobia and discrimination on the rise in the world today, Black History Month reminds us that our diversity is our strength. The achievements of black Canadians throughout Alberta’s and Canada’s history, often in the face of pervasive racism, show that the colour of one’s skin is never – and should never – be a barrier to greatness.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann mourns the tragedy in Sainte-Foy

Calgary, AB (January 30, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement in reaction to last night’s shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Sainte-Foy:

“Words too often fail us during tragedies like these. My heart goes out to the victims of this despicable and unthinkable act, and the loved ones they leave behind.

“It is heartbreaking to see such malice directed at innocent people in their time of prayer. I join with those across the country in standing in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours and friends, and condemn the hatred and bigotry which birthed this heinous attack.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann celebrates Chinese New Year

Calgary, AB (January 28, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement to mark the beginning of the Spring Festival, which celebrates the Chinese New Year:

“Today begins a week of celebration, as the Chinese community both here in Alberta and around the world ushers out the old year and welcomes a new one. According to the Chinese Zodiac, we are entering the year of the Fire Rooster; I hope that Chinese Albertans enter it with the confidence and leadership they share with their zodiac sign.

“On behalf of myself and the Alberta Liberals, I wish our Chinese neighbours and friends prosperity and good fortune in this new year. 恭喜发财, 萬事如意!”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Calgary, AB (January 27, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement on International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust:

“Today we remember those deliberately and horrifically murdered by the Nazi state. Millions of people were relentlessly persecuted and killed for their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation by Adolf Hitler and his government.

“This is a day where we remind ourselves that hatred and prejudice has a cost that is all too often paid in lives. When we look back on these atrocities, we must keep in mind that ‘never again’ is more than just a hope, it is a commitment – to standing up for the rights of those that are different and refusing to be divided by fear.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann marks 40th annual National Non-Smoking Week

Calgary, AB (January 16, 2017):

Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann issued the following statement in honour of National Non-Smoking Week:

“This week marks forty years since National Non-Smoking Week was first instituted by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control in 1977. In that time we have witnessed a cultural shift in attitudes towards tobacco use as the dangers of its use become better known.

“I am pleased to see this progress, but there is still work to be done. As of 2013, 16% of Albertans still smoked – putting both their own health and that of those around them at risk. We must ensure that those who are trying to quit have access to support and resources, and that awareness programs are sustained so that the smoking rate continues to decline.

“I further believe that we should conduct a review of the current tax on tobacco, and perhaps raise it. The revenues could then go to prevention programs for chronic diseases, including those caused by tobacco use. The proposed Wellness Foundation through the University of Alberta would be an excellent focus.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann calls on Albertans to stand up to human trafficking

Calgary, AB (January 11, 2017):

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann issued the following statement to mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:

“Today we shine a light on some of our darkest corners. Every day, even here in Alberta, victims of human trafficking are being forced into modern-day slavery. Behind closed doors, they are coerced into performing sexual acts, providing unpaid labour, or trafficking drugs out of fear for their own safety.

“We cannot allow these things to happen in our society, and I encourage all Albertans to contact the authorities when they suspect human trafficking is occurring around them. Every human being has a right to their personal freedom, and we need courageous whistleblowers to defend that right for those who cannot defend it themselves.”


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann wishes Alberta’s Ukrainian community a merry Christmas

Calgary, AB (January 7, 2017):

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann made the following statement in celebration of Ukrainian Christmas:

“The Ukrainian community forms an integral part of Alberta’s heritage, and continues to play a leading role in our society. Today they gather with friends and family to celebrate Christmas according to traditions passed down through generations from Ukraine.

“On behalf of myself and the Alberta Liberals, I wish all of our friends and neighbours of Ukrainian descent Khrystos Rodyvsya!