Alberta Liberal leader David Swann says democracy is dead in Alberta, the alarm bells are ringing and people are reacting.
Albertans are now speaking up, frustrated with a Conservative government that is not listening or acting in the long-term public interest, he said on Monday in Gasoline Alley.
“People are finding their voices and saying enough is enough,” said Swann after meeting with about 25 Central Alberta supporters at the Donut Mill during a whistle-stop tour down Hwy 2 that started in Calgary earlier on Monday.
Swann acknowledged years of voter apathy in the Alberta, but pointed to the recent win by the provincial NDP in Nova Scotia that demonstrates dramatic change is possible when people are fed up.
“People will get engaged and will believe change is possible when they feel their voices are being heard,” said Swann, who is trying to reach out to Albertans.
Alberta Liberals are boiling down their platform to key issues like better financial management, improving the health-care system by focusing on primary care instead of high-tech medicine, working to improve the international reputation of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, and affordable post-secondary education for young people.
“This government has not made education an investment. It’s an expense to cut as far as they’re concerned.”
Seniors, who made up the majority of the supporters at the Donut Mill, also deserve respect by providing them with proper accommodations when they need supportive housing, Swann said.
Tories may have eliminated health care premiums to all Albertans, but at the same time government has singled out seniors to pay more under a new pharmaceutical program, he said.