March 05, 2013

QP: CORRECTING THE RECORD: PCs slip on budget numbers, Medevac and more broken promises

EDMONTON, AB (March 5, 2013):   PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the poor state of Alberta’s finances, Premier Alison Redford replied stating that “times were good in April.” 

FACT: Premier Redford and the PC government have for the past month insisted that they are having a revenue problem because of a bitumen discount.  The discount in April 2012 was $32.94

PC CLAIM: The Wildrose Official Opposition asked questions about protecting the quality of Medevac services in Northern Alberta, and here was a segment of the government’s response. “The Health Quality Council gave us a specific plan with 18 recommendations that we have followed completely” – Premier Alison Redford 

FACT: The government has yet to implement all the recommendations of the Health Quality Council report.  They have not built the overpass onto Highway 2, they have not synchronized the traffic light s in Edmonton, and they have not standardized the IV and monitoring equipment between fixed wing, stars and ground ambulances. 

PC CLAIM: “I can assure this house that there is absolutely no compromise to patient safety and quality of care for this transition” – Health Minister Fred Horne 

FACT: This would not be the first time that the PC government will ignore the concerns of doctors.  Just yesterday, dozens of doctors wrote a letter warning of the impact of losing Medevac service at ECCA for Northern Alberta.  The reality is the rerouting of services to EIA will cost 40 to 50 minutes to every emergency, precious minutes that can cost lives, doubling the time it takes critically ill to get tertiary care in Edmonton. 

PC CLAIM: Responding to questions from NDP MLA David Eggen on Education, Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar claimed  – “We’ve committed to continued infrastructure investments - 50 new schools” 

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.


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