Media Advisory: Health-care union to address UCP privatization threat

Statements from the United Conservative Party (UCP) show that a Jason Kenney government will undermine Alberta’s health-care system with a radical and dangerous drive towards privatization, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA).

“Health matters to Albertans and the need to know what the prospect of a Jason Kenney government actually means,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA, which represents 26,000 health-care professionals.

Parker will hold a media conference at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) to highlight the threat to health care.

TIME: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 26

LOCATION: HSAA headquarters at 18410 – 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 0K6

BACKGROUND:

  • Jason Kenney promotes the Cambie Clinic business model (link to clip). After an audit found the clinic overcharged patients, the owner Dr. Brian Day launched a court case challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s medicare system. Dr. Day has said: “We in Canada will give the same level of services to a wealthy person as to a person who isn’t wealthy, and that doesn’t make sense.”
  • UCP candidate for Banff-Kananaskis Mirando Rosin promoting two-tier health care (link to clip).
  • UCP Policy Declaration 2018 says it wants to “give Albertans the choice of privately-funded, privately-delivered health services..” (link to policy document).