"(This government) is a danger to themselves and to patients. That would be reason to certify this government under the Mental Health Act to the Alberta Hospital Edmonton, but guess what? There's no room. They're going to blow it up." - Former Tory MLA and Emergency Room physician Doctor Raj ShermanPremier Ed Stelmach said he wanted no part of Ralph Klein's war against the public healthcare system. Virtually his first act after winning the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race was a firm renunciation of Klein's Third Way and a promise that the era of unending government assault on public healthcare was finally over.
And then he put far right ideologue and all around disgusting human being Ron Liepert in charge of the system and merged the highly effective and world recognized regional health board system into one bloated ineffective superboard because the regional boards kept noisily demanding the funding necessary to provide the care Albertans needed. When Liepert managed to sicken and disgust all the health stakeholders and the general public with his intrinsic swinishness he was replaced with the more soothing and moderate sounding but utterly ineffectual former Liberal floor crosser Gene 'Mr Dithers' Zwosdesky.
An Australian health economist was hired who on paper at least looked like a supporter of public healthcare, but in practice turned out to be an arrogant, supercilious prat who seemed more concerned with chilling dissent from the front lines than giving them the support they needed. The worst kind of bureaucrat, even if he was only enforcing the policies of the Alberta Government and working with the budget they gave him.
Now the mask has slipped. One of their own has revealed the hidden agenda to manufacture the consent for the same old Tory anti-healthcare agenda.