Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – the Alberta Liberal Party Perspective


November 29, 2018 :: David Kahn
Moderated by Susan Giffen

Many Albertan worry about public spending, deficits and a growing debt. Does balancing the books in Alberta hinge on building pipelines to tidewater or are there other ways to achieve that goal? Are the present provincial Government’s budget predictions unrealistic? The speaker will articulate his and the Alberta Liberal Party views on deficits, pipelines, economic development, opioids and Alberta politics.

David Kahn will further talk about his vision for the Alberta Liberals and argue that corporate and union donations to PACs should be barred, restrictions on out-of-province donations and setting donation limits for individuals. Donations to PACs above $250 and PAC expenditures should be made transparent to the public. He will further contend that Alberta’s Government has a golden opportunity to be a national leader in democratic accountability and electoral finance reforms by implementing these recommendation.


Speaker: David Kahn, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party

David Khan was elected Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party in June 2017. He believes strongly in the liberal values of individual rights and freedoms, equality of opportunity for all, and fairness for future generations in fiscal, economic, and environmental terms. David is committed to building a sustainable forward-looking economy that will serve us today and tomorrow. Since becoming Leader David has consistently highlighted the inadequate response of the NDP government to the economic challenges facing Alberta. He has been in the forefront of the fight to get dark money out of politics and bring greater regulation to Political Action Committees and he has championed several other important issues such as the critical situation facing EMS and Red Alerts, Special Needs Education Supports and the Opioid Crisis.

David was born and raised in Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of Toronto. He studied international and European human rights and constitutional law at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, and French at l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in Chicoutimi, Québec. David is fluent in both English and French. Currently, as a lawyer licensed in Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, David practises primarily in the field of Indigenous rights and land claims. He has represented clients at all levels of court in numerous Canadian jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, and superior and appellate courts in numerous provinces, as well as before regulatory and administrative tribunals and in private arbitrations.


Moderator: Susan Giffen

Date: Thursday, Nov 29, 2018
Time: Doors open 11:30 am, Presentation 12 noon, buffet lunch 12:30 pm, Q&A 1 – 1:30 pm
Location: Royal Canadian Legion (north door) 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge
Cost: $14 buffet lunch with dessert/coffee/tea/juice or $2 coffee/tea/juice.
RSVP not required


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