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Well being care in Alberta is transferring confidently into the Nineties!

The United Conservative Celebration (UCP) authorities led by Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is about to deliver the province’s well being care system again to the longer term with an enormous infusion of recent pink tape, identical to the previous pink tape. 

It’ll be a lot just like the Nineties you’ll be able to have fun New Yr’s 1994 on January 1!

As a substitute of Alberta Well being Companies (AHS), the most important provincial well being care company in Canada created in 2009, there will probably be new well being care boards, new bureaucrats to employees them, and hundreds and a great deal of chaos to deliver the deliver the whole system nearer to break down! 

And the expense – it’ll be fabulous! Actually billions of {dollars}, more than likely. Some consultants are going to get very, very wealthy. A few of them are probably already getting wealthy as we put together to utterly restructure a system that we’ve simply spend a decade and a half and one other billion or so utterly restructuring. 

Effectively, one factor will probably be completely different: all these streams of pink tape will lead immediately again to the premier’s and well being minister’s places of work, which can now make all of the province’s well being care choices. That ought to work out effectively. 

Anyway, Premier Smith and Well being Minister Adriana LaGrange, her Mini-Me on the well being file, have promised for months to do one thing to immediately repair the intractable issues dealing with well being care in Canada, so one thing dramatic needed to be achieved. 

By no means thoughts that what they’re proposing gained’t assist with the elemental drawback dealing with well being care – the worldwide scarcity of well being care professionals, particularly physicians and nurses. In actual fact, it’s virtually sure to make it worse in Alberta.

And the elephant within the Working Room, in fact, is that that is additionally about wreaking revenge on AHS particularly for its enforcement the general public well being measures throughout the pandemic that so irritated the UCP’s QAnon-influenced base, particularly the Take Again Alberta faction that now dominates the occasion. 

Why, it’s possible you’ll surprise, do we all know this already if the federal government isn’t going to announce it till later in the present day?

Effectively, as a result of the NDP revealed one of many foundational paperwork of the federal government’s massive plan for well being care yesterday – a slide present ready for the provincial cupboard that was leaked by an unknown whistleblower to the Opposition. The Canadian Press confirmed later that the slides are the true factor, 

The discharge of the slide deck, the NDP’s information launch, and the questions requested by Opposition MLAs within the Legislature yesterday definitely rained on the parade of puffery the federal government deliberate for its announcement in the present day that it’s about break up AHS into easy-to-privatize chunks. 

Because the slides clarify, heavy spin and paid promoting will probably be required to influence the general public this gained’t be one other costly catastrophe with “potential to fragment care supply” and “danger of service disruption/failure,” to cite one slide.

In Query Interval, past the premier’s assertion she is “100 per cent dedicated” to the plan as proven within the slides, LaGrange informed MLAs (and by extension the remainder of us) to attend for in the present day’s announcement. 

So now we have no selection, I’m positive readers will agree, however to toss apart the hallowed journalistic dedication to stability and go along with the NDP press launch in the interim.

“Smith’s long-promised breakup of Alberta Well being Companies is generally a switch of AHS capabilities into the Authorities of Alberta underneath the direct supervision of the well being minister and premier,” the NDP information launch summarizes. “There isn’t a plan to maneuver decision-making exterior of the 2 main cities. As a substitute of regional boards, there will probably be 4 new authorities bureaucracies for persevering with care, acute care, major care, and psychological well being and dependancy.” (Emphasis added.) 

So, the discharge quotes Opposition Chief Rachel Notley, “any UCP members who cheered for extra rural or native decision-making in well being care at their AGM this weekend are about to seek out out they’ve been brutally double-crossed by Danielle Smith.”

Along with the large new paperwork described within the information, the UCP plan will add seven new businesses with impenetrably bureaucratic new names like “Integration Council,” “Centre of Restoration Excellence,” and “Procurement and Techniques Optimization Secretariat.”

What’s lacking, as Notley identified, is that “there aren’t any new medical doctors, no new nurses, no new paramedics, no new nurse practitioners and no new LPNs on this plan.”

“There will probably be whole new workplace flooring crammed with individuals at computer systems making an attempt to determine what the heck the UCP desires from them,” she stated. “I strongly suspect a lot of these of us will skip this altogether and easily pursue their well being care careers in different provinces.”

“We’re heading down a really harmful path once we permit politicians to resolve on medical therapy strategies,” Notley added. “We’ve large, radically disruptive change, placing Albertans’ lives in danger. … Sufferers are compelled to navigate 13 new businesses the place there was once one. Rural communities get completely no new decision-making powers and no new medical doctors, both.”

“Well being care staff simply desperately need some assist and a few extra individuals working beside them. As a substitute, they’re dealing with yet one more onslaught of chaos from the UCP,” stated Notley, who additionally requested, who advantages? “The one one that advantages from that is Danielle Smith, who provides herself sweeping powers to succeed in into any a part of our well being care and override medical professionals.”

Effectively, we’ll see this morning how the federal government tries to spin this. 

The UCP has scheduled an “embargoed information convention,” an oxymoronic idea, at 7:30AM There will probably be one other public newser at 9AM, after the contributors have had an opportunity to follow their solutions, at 9AM The NDP will maintain its personal information convention at 11. 

UCP to dump ethics commissioner, chief electoral officer

By no means thoughts well being care, the UCP additionally plans to do away with its ethics commissioner, who not too long ago authored a essential report about Premier Smith’s interference within the justice system on behalf of a political ally, in addition to the province’s chief electoral officer. 

Marguerite Trussler and Glen Resler will probably be gone when their phrases expire on Could 24, the Globe and Mail reported yesterday. Each had been appointed by earlier Progressive Conservative governments, which from the angle of the Take Again Alberta cabal that now controls the UCP, could make them worse than New Democrats. They are going to definitely get replaced by people extra simpatico with the TBA worldview. 

Danielle Smith will share stage with Tucker Carlson, it doesn’t matter what

Questioned within the Legislature yesterday about her plan to seem on stage with far-right American bloviator Tucker Carlson, recognized for advocating the violent overthrow of the Canadian federal authorities, Premier Smith made it clear she gained’t be lacking the chance to hob-nob with the MAGA celeb simply due to his loudly expressed racist, Islamophobic, white supremacist, homophobic, anti-vaccine, and anti-Canadian views. 

This appears on model, truly, as Ms. Smith seems to share a lot of Mr. Carlson’s opinions, along with her previous profession as a right-wing speak radio bloviator. 

Actually, Ms. Smith has superior a separatist “sovereignty” agenda. And Mr. Carlson has described Canada as a dictatorship and opined that “I’m utterly in favor of a Bay of Pigs operation to liberate that nation.” (Alert readers will recall that the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 didn’t end in a change of presidency in Cuba, however no matter.) 

Mr. Carlson additionally complained vociferously when Mars Inc.’s M&M’s advertising and marketing spokescandies had been redrawn to remove characters carrying spike heels and hooker boots. “The corporate added overweight and distinctly frumpy lesbian M&M’s,” he complained. “M&M’s won’t be happy till each final cartoon character is deeply unappealing and completely androgynous, till the second you wouldn’t need to have a drink with any one in all them.” I suppose it didn’t happen to him that the unique cartoon characters may need been … in drag! 

Good to know our authorities is working with critical individuals to, effectively, to do no matter critical issues they’re doing.

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