Leader’s AGM Update

Alberta deserves both a strong economy AND a strong society. This is the central message of the Alberta Liberal Party, and it was the central theme of our 109th Annual General Meeting, which was held in Calgary on Saturday.

And what an AGM! A big thanks goes out to Pete Helfrich and his team of volunteers who did an outstanding job of organizing what everybody I talked to said was the best AGM in years.

The room was packed with people energized by our vision for Alberta and who believe the time has come for a government that takes a holistic and integrated view of the kind of society we want to live in and how to make it a reality.

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Time to get ready.

As the Progressive Conservatives begin their second leadership contest in three years, one thing is crystal clear:

It is not PC leaders such as Alison Redford and Ed Stelmach who are the real problem. The real problem is the old, tired and insular Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta itself.

After 43 years, Alberta Liberals know it is time for new management. It is time for change. And it is long past time for a government that will deliver a strong economy AND a strong society.

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Heath care mismanagement continues to cause unacceptable wait times for Albertans

Who knew that Albertans had the option to purchase private insurance to receive preferential access to diagnostic testing and treatment? The issue was recently raised to me and yesterday, the Calgary Herald ran an excellent article from Dr. Paul Parks titled, All Albertans deserve timely access to health care. An exceprt of the editorial is as follows:

Unfortunately, the recent debate surrounding the existence of private MRI clinics has once again allowed the focus to be diverted from the critical issue at the heart of the matter: that the medical queues in Alberta are routinely inordinate, untenable and unsafe… I would strongly argue that we should hold the government accountable to improve health care access for all Albertans. Albertans deserve equitable access to a robust public health-care system irrespective of one’s ability to pay.

I would encourage you to take the time to read the brief article; it’s long overdue for Albertans to be engaged in the debate on creeping privileged access on two-tiered health care.

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