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QP: CORRECTING THE RECORD: PCs wrong on veteran parking fees, justice and Campus Alberta

EDMONTON, AB (April 10, 2013):   PC CLAIM: Responding to questions from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and Liberal MLA Kent Hehr on the AHS decision to nickel and dime veterans for parking at AHS facilities, Health Minister Fred Horne responded, “This change in policy, though perhaps misinterpreted or misrepresented by members opposite is an attempt to extent the same consideration to veterans and others who need compassionate parking.” He then later said, “Veterans as a result of this policy change are no worse off under this policy than they were prior to the previous health policy under the former health region.” 

FACT: The program that allowed Calgary Poppy Fund to buy annual parking passes so veterans could have free parking will be over in June as a result of a decision by AHS.  Veteran Robert Gray called the AHS change in policy a “black eye” and a “slap in the face” to veterans. 

PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw on why Justice Minister Jonathan Denis failed to ensure Allyson McConnell didn’t the leave the country, Denis said, “The actual judgment was pronounced and our department immediately launched an appeal subsequent to the judgment.” 

FACT:  A letter from McConnell’s attorney states that there was a five month delay in filing supporting documents with the court, after various extensions. Further, Federal Minister Vic Toews made it clear last Friday that the Alberta government failed to inform the federal government of the case in time. 

PC CLAIM: Responding to questions from Wildrose Advanced Education Critic Bruce McAllister on the government’s reckless centralization plan known as Campus Alberta, Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said, “The only person caught off guard is this member.” 

FACT: Students and post-secondary institutions across the province have been caught off guard by the PC government’s decision making and have let their concerns be known.