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AG report shows action needed on mental health, reducing emissions: Wildrose

EDMONTON, AB (July 6, 2015): Today’s Auditor General report outlines AHS’ failure on mental health services, and repeated examples of Alberta’s reduction emissions program being ineffective and unaccountable, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

“Today’s report is just another example of AHS failing to meet any of its targets or strategies set out from four to five years ago,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “Albertans deserve leadership on the health file that focuses on people served and not just dollars spent. We will continue to push reform for a broken health care system and to make it truly patient-centred.” 


A key failing for implementing the mental health strategy includes a lack of a comprehensive health record. To date, the government has spent close to a billion dollars on a health record that still doesn’t work.


“Mental illness and addiction take a significant toll on the health of Albertans, as well as on the cost of providing health care,” Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes said. “This billion dollar boondoggle is affecting patient care and must be fixed, and the minister needs to be accountable for implementing changes.”


The report also revealed continued shortcomings in monitoring and managing emissions, citing that there still remains little to no modeling that shows current carbon tax strategy will lead to emission reductions set for 2020 and 2050.


“Albertans deserve honest answers on what actual outcomes Albertans are getting from these programs,” Wildrose Shadow Energy Minister Leela Aheer said.  “Hitting emission targets is important, and that’s why Wildrose has long advocated for a natural gas strategy that will lead to actual reductions in emissions.