David Khan and David Swann react to the NDP's Budget 2018:
The NDP Government continues to spend away the future of Albertans, their children and grandchildren with a staggering $96 billion of debt by 2023.
Speaking on the 2018-19 Budget, David Khan said, “Instead of getting off the Resource Revenue Roller Coaster, the NDP just bought a ticket for the front seat. Albertans are being asked to hold their breath and hang on for a wild ride....
“Albertans are facing another massive $9 billion deficit this year and almost $9 billion again in 2019.
“The NDP is spending without corresponding revenue and spending on the wrong things. The money isn’t going to reduce class sizes. It’s not going to support AISH recipients and vulnerable Albertans. Instead, the NDP is doubling down on our volatile oil and gas sector with corporate welfare such as the announced billion-dollar partial upgrader boondoggle and the Energy Diversification Act. Many Albertans are being left behind as the debt skyrockets ahead.”
David Swann added, “To make matters worse, we are paying almost $2 billion every year in interest costs to service the provincial debt. How many schools would that pay for? How many nurses would that hire? How many services could that have provided to the citizens of this province?
“I am encouraged by the increases in funding to address the EMS, mental health and opioid crises. However, the massive health budget needs to be managed more effectively.”
The NDP Government says it hopes to eliminate the deficit in 5-6 years, gambling on hypothetical future revenue from an energy project that is still in limbo – the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. There is no guarantee if or when this project will get built.
Khan concluded, “You can’t take phantom revenue to the bank and spend it. We must reform our tax system to pay for the services Albertans need today.
“Albertans deserve a sensible financial plan, not an uncontrolled plunge into staggering debt.”
The NDP Government just bought a ticket for the front seat of the resource revenue roller coaster. Alberta's Debt will hit $96 billion by 2023. Interests payments are already almost $2 billion per year. The NDP Government is gambling Alberta's finances on revenue from the Trans Mountain Pipeline, if and when it gets built. This is in no way fair for future generations of Albertans.
Today in question period it was indicated David Swann and the Alberta Liberals, local municipalities and advocacy groups may have succeeded in forcing NDP Government to reverse devastating clear-cutting policy in Kananaskis Country & Highwood Pass. Huge win for the environment and local economies.
David Khan has issued the following statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racism:
“With the rise of xenophobic, racist and nativist politics across the globe it is more important than ever for all of us to redouble our commitment to a world free of racial intolerance. On International Day for the Elimination of Racism I invite all Albertans to join myself and countless others in reaffirming our commitment to eradicating racial discrimination in its every vile ...form.”
“It is particularly important in Canada to recognize the persistent racial inequality faced by Indigenous peoples, who face higher rates of poverty, infant mortality and incarceration, among many other inequities rooted in racist colonial policies from Canada’s past and present. It is our responsibility as a province and nation to make strides towards addressing these challenges.”
David Khan and David Swann have been working hard to raise awareness of the EMS Crisis in Alberta.
Below MLA David Swann is pictured in scrum on the issue - David is demanding the NDP Government and AHS boost front line resources to safeguard Albertans.
There have been 63,000 more calls over the last 5 years but only 10 new ambulances.
EMS is in crisis across Alberta - 63,000 more calls but only 10 more ambulances over 5 years.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and Liberal MLA David Swann say AHS and the NDP Government have to boost front line resources now to meet Albertans' needs.
Full release here: http://bit.ly/2GNLQNF...
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Paramedics spend 650,000 hours per year awaiting patient transfer to nursing staff - David Swann says its sparking Red Alert Crisis (no ambulance available) across Alberta. David Swann is pushing the NDP Government to deal with $20 million in annual EMS lost time.
In honour of the Irish and in celebration of their heritage and culture - Happy St Patrick's Day to all. Enjoy this version of Whiskey in the Jar.
Liberal MLA David Swann is absolutely right. The NDP government is dragging its heels on Chronic Wasting Diseases. Albertans, wildlife and our agriculture industry at risk similar to Mad Cow Disease. Click here to read Dr. Swann's full release: http://bit.ly/2DyGGBG