EDMONTON, AB (March 6, 2013): PC CLAIM: Responding to a question by Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on allegations of queue jumping at the Helios Wellness Centre, Premier Alison Redford responded, “I think this is awfully rich coming from a party that ran on private healthcare in the last election.”
FACT: The Wildrose Official Opposition believes in defending the principles of the Canada Health Act, while introducing much needed reform that will shorten wait times, increase patient satisfaction, increase health care delivery options and that is modeled after successful European systems.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Liberal MLA Kent Hehr on, Education Minister Jeff Johnson stated that the Premier promised, “50 new schools and 70 modernizations - we will do that.”
FACT: While the Wildrose unveiled an alternative capital plan that would be debt-free and would build 100 schools over the next 10 years, the Education Minister announced that the Premier would be breaking another one of her election promises by deferring the construction of her promised 50 new schools.
PC CLAIM: Responding to questions from Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman, Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths stated, “rural Albertans do all the hard work while urban Albertans sit in high-rise condos and don’t contribute to the grassroots of the economy.”
FACT: At the very least, as condo fee or rent payers, high rise dwellers by definition contribute to the economy.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose MLA Shayne Saskiw on the need to protect the patient safety of northern Albertans for Medevac services, Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale stated, “It’s not infrastructure’s job to build hospitals.”
FACT: Building hospitals is the job of the Infrastructure Minister. From the Government of Alberta’s Infrastructure website, “Our ministry works with other ministries to ensure Albertans have the schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of a growing economy and population.