In advance of the April 16 provincial election, Postmedia has asked the major party leaders to tell us why they should become premier of Alberta. In part 2 of our series, we have a column from David Khan, leader of the Alberta Liberal Party.
This is a change election. Alberta Liberals are that change. As leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, my vision is to make life better for all Albertans today and in the future. With Liberals in the Alberta legislature, my pledge to you is we will fight for smart, bold solutions. We will address the serious problems confronting all of us in this province today.
Alberta Liberals have the boldest pro-growth strategy of any political party in decades. We will put more cash in your pocket. We will eliminate income tax for 70 per cent of Albertans. We will add an HST to provide stable revenue to get Alberta off the resource rollercoaster. We are not afraid to make the tough, responsible decisions needed to boost our economy and improve Albertans’ lives.
We will put Albertans back to work. Our $80-million Back-to-Work Grant Program will help unemployed Albertans learn new skills and start new careers. We will fight to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built. We will get Alberta’s economy going again.
Alberta Liberals will not cut services. We will not balance budgets on the backs of Albertans. We will not take Alberta backwards. We will not return to harsh times when spending was slashed and lives were harmed. Alberta Liberals care for all Albertans.
We will improve health care and reduce wait times. This includes a $600-million investment for better mental health services and community care. We will add 2,000 long-term care beds. We will declare the opioid crisis a public health state of emergency. People with addictions are not criminals who should be jailed. They are sick and need treatment.
We will cap classroom sizes and hire 2,000 more teachers to give your children a better education. We will immediately ban draconian “seclusion rooms.” They have been misused and traumatized some students. We will boost resources for special needs learning. Students and teachers both need support so there can be true, fulsome and inclusive education.
Alberta Liberals will protect and promote vulnerable Albertans. We will lift people out of the poverty cycle. We will give them dignity and independence with a basic income pilot project plan. All Albertans will share in the new prosperity of a new Alberta. No one will be left behind.
We embrace new Albertans. We will help them adjust and advance their opportunities for success. This includes improving skills upgrading programs and facilitating the process to recognize their qualifications. They have contributed so much to Alberta. We will continue to support these Albertans.
We will bring in gender pay equity. We will ensure that women are paid the same as men for doing the same work. We will give all people equal opportunities. We will provide free birth control. Women should have control over their own bodies.
We are leaders in supporting LGBTQ2S+ rights. We were the first party to table legislation to protect gay-straight alliances in 2014. The former PC government adopted our law. We will continue to stand with and advocate for this important community. We support an inclusive, diverse and tolerant Alberta. You have my word.
Alberta Liberals are making the environment a priority issue. We will strongly enforce the principle that polluters must pay to clean up any damage they create. We believe climate change must be tackled head-on. We must work towards a sustainable future with the goals of preserving 30 per cent of our wilderness areas and a ban on single-use plastics by 2030.
Alberta Liberals will make life better today and in the future for all Albertans. Let’s move forward. together.
Tomorrow’s column will be from Stephen Mandel, leader of the Alberta Party.