Leader, 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.
David serves on the national board of RESULTS Canada, an NGO that is part of an international network of organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty and increasing health outcomes internationally, and he acts as legal counsel pro bono for a number of groups, including fighting for affordable housing for a group of vulnerable Calgarians.