Alberta Liberals ask Premier Notley to deliver our call for reinstated extended Federal EI benefits to Prime Minister Trudeau at the First Ministers’ Meeting this week

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are asking Premier Rachel Notley to join with them and call for the Prime Minister to reinstate extended federal EI benefits at the First Ministers’ Meeting.

Khan stated, “The Prime Minister must do more than just talk about the oil price differential crisis. He must understand its impact on Alberta jobs. We want him to reinstate extended federal EI benefits. We want Premier Notley to strongly deliver our message this week. Albertans do not want more words. Albertans want action.

Khan stated, “We know Albertans want to work. But if they can’t get a job, they need help. The oil price differential and new mandated production cuts could lead to more layoffs. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help them through this troubling time.

“Bank of Montreal’s economists forecast the oil production cuts will have a harsh effect on Alberta’s economy. They estimate Alberta’s 2019 GDP annualized growth may be cut in half from 2.4% to 1.2%. TD Bank’s economists echo those forecasts, predicting Alberta’s GDP growth could fall to as low as 1.1% from 2.3% next year. Those are serious hits to Alberta’s economy. They will hurt Albertans.

“In 2016, the Federal Government provided enhanced employment insurance benefits to unemployed Albertans. It extended EI benefits for unemployed workers for an additional five to 20 weeks, decreased wait times by 50%, and reduced eligibility requirements from 910 hours of insured employment to as little as 420 hours. It’s time for them to do so again. We’re asking the NDP Government to join with us in demanding this action. Prime Minister Trudeau must move faster than he did 3 years ago.”

Swann stated, “The Federal Government must do much more to relieve the economic pain being endured by Albertans. They have been struggling in the wake of this price differential crisis. It is my hope Premier Notley will join us in demanding this necessary measure when she meets with the Prime Minister this week.”

Alberta Liberals support the Government’s temporary oil production cuts as an emergency intervention to bolster prices. But, we also have concerns about execution and unintended consequences. There could be negative impacts on jobs.

The Prime Minister and the Federal government must step up with action, not more rhetoric.  Albertans need help now.

David Khan and David Swann are available for interviews.


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 Liberals were right to vote against Bill 12

The Alberta Liberal Caucus and the Alberta Liberal Party has issued the following release in response to B.C. court action on Trans Mountain Pipeline developments:

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan stated, “The Alberta Liberals were right to vote against Bill 12 despite our support for the pipeline. All the bill did was provoke B.C. into filing this court action today. The NDP Government has only made this sensitive political situation even worse and Alberta is no closer to getting the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline built.

Khan added, “ The B.C. Government is giving the Premier a hard lesson on how to play pipeline politics. The Legislation has not been proclaimed, the regulations are not in place and Premier Notley won’t give a straight answer on when, or under what conditions she will use this Legislation..

Liberal MLA Dr David Swann stated, “I stood alone as the only MLA to vote against Bill 12 , the Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act in the Alberta Legislature. Clearly it was the right decision. This Legislation may push gasoline prices to $2 a litre in B.C.but it will come at a painful price to this province. Bill 12 will cost Albertans jobs, reduce revenue and further damage our economy.”

“Instead of skipping out on the Premier’s conference in Yellowknife, the Premier should have attended and worked with BC Premier Horgan and other Premiers to resolve the problems holding back construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”

Khan stated, “Alberta’s political brinkmanship may look tough but it will not get the Trans Mountain Expansion project built.”’

‘It’s time Premier Notley stopped threatening B.C. That strategy is not working.”

David Khan and David Swann are available for interviews.


Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan oppose Bill 12 calling it a bad strategy that will hurt Albertans and not move forward the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Edmonton, AB – May 16, 2018Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann will vote against Bill 12 Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act. 

Both MLA Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan have voiced criticism of Bill 12 previously calling it a plan that will hurt Albertans and not move the Trans Mountain Pipeline project forward.

Swann stated, “Restricting our exports is simply a bad strategy. It will cost Albertan’s jobs. It will reduce Alberta revenue. It will hurt Alberta’s Oil Patch. It will damage Alberta’s credibility. It will strain Alberta’s relations with the rest of Canada.

“This will do nothing to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline built.

“Bill 12 grants the NDP Government far too much power. Alberta’s Energy Minister will have unrestrained authority and there is no proper appeal process to challenge her decisions. This is not democratic.”

Khan stated, “Turning off the energy taps will not turn on approval for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”

“Pushing gas prices up to $2 liter in B.C. will not get a shovel in the ground for the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Punishing British Columbians risks a backlash against Albertans.

“The NDP can’t build up the case for this project by tearing down the rest of Canada.”

Khan stated, “I stood against this strategy in March and I stand against it now. Albertans need more from their Premier than a desperate strategy that cuts off our nose to spite our face.”

Liberal MLA David Swann will vote against Bill 12 in the Alberta Legislature


Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann react to Bill 12

Alberta Liberals David Khan and David Swann have issued the following release on the NDP Government’s proposed legislation to reduce natural gas, crude oil and refined bitumen exports to B.C. through licensing:

Khan and Swann spoke on Bill 12 saying, “Pushing the price of gasoline to $2 a litre in BC won’t build the Trans Mountain Pipeline. It will build a backlash against Albertans.”

David Khan stated, “This is divisive strategy that will harm Alberta with job losses, reduce provincial revenue and will not get this pipeline built.

“Bill 12 grants extreme new powers to the NDP Government that will them to unilaterally force industry to reduce exports without any accountability. That is undemocratic.”

Dr. Swann criticized Bill 12 saying, “The lack of details in this legislation is disturbing. The NDP Government wants extraordinary powers to interfere with the oil and gas industry but won’t provide specifics or limitations on those new powers.

“There is no proper arm’s length appeal process. The NDP Energy Minister will act to both cut export licenses and renew export licenses. The NDP Government drafted this legislation for its political convenience – not for the good of Albertans.”


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.