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Barnes statement on inappropriate access to health records

Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes today released the following statement regarding a former AHS employee inappropriately accessing thousands of medical files:

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Accountability needed with AHS helipad debacle in Rocky Mountain House: Wildrose

Someone needs to be held accountable after a bureaucratic error at AHS is threatening to cost taxpayers almost half a million dollars and Rocky Mountain House its iconic municipal landmark, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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NDP coal phase out panel is out of touch with everyday Albertans

The appointment of a three person advisory panel by the NDP government to consult communities who will be devastated by a coal phase out shows the NDP only wants to pay lip service and has no regard for communities whose economies will be devastated, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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Wait times continue to get worse, despite NDP throwing more money into health care system: Barnes

Despite the NDP government throwing an extra half a billion dollars into the health care system, wait times for key surgeries continue to get worse while the government is failing to meet wait time targets for children requiring mental health supports, Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes said today.

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NDP policies causing even more investment to leave Alberta: Wildrose

Wildrose Shadow Agriculture Minister Rick Strankman today released the following statement after Western Feedlots Ltd’s. decision to wind down cattle ownership and feeding operations due to the “poor political and economic environment in Alberta”:

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Alberta worst in country for fairness and access to the justice system

A new report from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute shows that Alberta is the worst in the country when it comes to fairness and access to the justice system, and demonstrates that urgent reform is needed, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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NDP needs to focus on patient care and addictions instead of wasting money: Barnes

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman needs to do more to address ongoing health care issues like long wait times and access to addictions treatment for fentanyl users instead of doubling down on bloated costs for laundry services, Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes said today.

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Legacy of divorce-by-nursing-home continuing under NDP

The NDP needs to explain why the former PC government’s callous policy of separating senior couples and loved ones in long-term care is continuing to this day, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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NDP chair ramming through controversial amendments to elections law hurts committee's integrity

Serious questions about the integrity of the Special Standing Committee on Ethics and Accountability remain after the NDP chair was forced to step down after a vote by committee members, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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Licence renewal changes coming at a cost to Albertans: Wildrose

The NDP needs to explain how much they’re spending to fix a problem they created when they switched from paper to electronic vehicle reminders, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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Wildrose urges feds to get tough on fentanyl dealers, producers, importers

Today, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, Shadow Justice Minister Scott Cyr and Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requesting that his government amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow additional sentencing powers related to the fentanyl crisis.

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NDP should fire Berman after new comments on pipelines: Wildrose

Premier Rachel Notley should fire Tzeporah Berman as co-chair to the Oil Sands Advisory Group and repudiate her claims on national radio today that Alberta doesn’t need new pipelines, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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No new taxes powers for cities: Stier

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee must explain why her government refuses to take a position on granting new tax powers to Alberta’s cities after repeatedly sidestepping questions on the matter, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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NDP should release full economic costs of changes to Alberta's power grid: Wildrose

The NDP government should release the full costs of today’s announcement to shift to renewables, including the costs of shutting down existing generation early, massively expanding gas generation to keep the grid operating at all times, waging battle with Alberta’s power companies through expensive legal battles and implementing a new $3 billion carbon tax on every Alberta family, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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Pitt statement on 24-hour urgent care for Airdrie

Today, Wildrose Airdrie MLA Angela Pitt released the following statement after the government announced Airdrie’s urgent care centre will soon be offering 24-hour medical services:

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NDP move cementing dramatic minimum wage hike putting thousands of jobs at risk: Wildrose

The NDP government is putting thousands of businesses and jobs for Alberta’s most vulnerable at risk by passing regulations to make dramatic increases to the minimum wage during one of the worst economic downturns in decades, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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NDP pushing to interfere with party nominations, but won't answer executive questions

After the NDP forced through an amendment to have Elections Alberta interfere in the independent nomination process of political parties, Wildrose is calling on the NDP government to demonstrate a commitment to disclosure and transparency by making the names of their provincial executive and provincial council public. 

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Latest labour force survey paints bleak picture for Alberta

The release of Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for August shows that Alberta’s two largest municipalities continue to have increasing unemployment rates, making clear that the NDP government needs to pump the brakes on their risky and ideological agenda.

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Bad NDP policies spur further declines in Alberta drilling industry

The NDP government must back down from its carbon tax and other punishing taxes and regulations after it was reported drilling in Alberta is expected to drop by a further 25 per cent this year.

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NDP should scrap carbon tax as boards and parents begin to feel the impact: Wildrose

With busing fees increasing across the province, the NDP government should look to scrap its carbon tax or at the very least provide an exemption for schools before the costs of transportation and heating dramatically increase in 2017, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

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