End the Revolving Door at AHS


CALGARY, AB (August 25, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says it is time to end the constant changeover of AHS Administrators and establish an independent, arms-length governing board to run Alberta’s health system.

“I congratulate David Carpenter on his appointment as Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services,” says Swann. “However, the reality is he is the third administrator since the position was created barely two years ago. Our system requires more stability than that.”

Swann also noted that Carpenter’s appointment only runs until the end of this year.

“Presumably, there is every likelihood that we will have yet another administrator following the end of Mr. Carpenter’s term. This revolving door needs to stop.”

Swann reiterated previous calls for the NDP government to establish an arms-length governing board to run Alberta’s health system free from political interference.

“We need a new board, consisting of experts that will set and work towards the long term priorities for AHS based on best practices and best evidence.”


Fund the Greenline NEXT

Ali Bin Zahid, Alberta Liberal candidate for Calgary-Foothills, welcomes the proposed Calgary NEXT complex, but emphasizes he does not believe taxpayer money should pay for it.  

“It’s a wonderful idea and it would be great to have that site remediated, but unless there is a clear benefit to taxpayers, I don’t believe we should be contributing," said Zahid. 

With the “Green Line” LRT still unfunded by the Province and our provincial debt load increasing, Ali and the Alberta Liberals believe there are too many other priorities.


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Swann calls for Northern Lab


Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says a plan for a publicly funded and operated new super-lab for Edmonton and Northern Alberta is urgently needed.

“This needs to be the Minister’s top priority and we are running out of time,” says Swann. “We need a plan for a publicly funded and operated new lab and we need it in the fall budget.”

Swann’s comments come as new documents have been released warning that delays in getting a new lab built will have a severe impact on patient care. Alberta Liberals maintain that the best solution is a publicly funded, publicly operated new lab.  

Swann added that this situation further demonstrates the need for an arms-length, de-politicized governing board at AHS.

“Right now so many decisions are subject to political timing and political considerations instead of best planning and evidence,” says Swann. “As a result we find ourselves with no clear direction, much uncertainty in both management and staff, and the need to manage another crisis.

“Our most important ministry and largest budget allocation needs stability and independent, expert leadership.”