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Over four years in government, the UCP have failed to lower surgery wait times and they’ve actually increased, according to data available from the Government of Alberta. 🧵

#ableg #abhealth #abvote #abelxn23 #cdnhealth
According to the Government’s own data:

More than 70,000 Albertans were waiting for surgeries in May 2019. That number has increased to 74,000 as of February 2023.
According to the Government’s own data:

From April 2019 to January 2023, median wait times have increased for hip replacements from 18.7 to 26.3 weeks and knee replacements have increased from 20.6 weeks to 36.9 weeks.
According to the Government’s own data:

The number of cancer surgeries performed in Alberta was also lower in 2022-23 compared to 2019-20.
More people are waiting for surgeries now than in 2019. The UCP’s approach has failed to make meaningful change for people waiting for surgery.
“As well, rather than admitting they’re wrong, we see continued efforts from Danielle Smith to dismantle public healthcare, a move that will leave so many Albertans without the access they desperately need.”
- @DShepYEG
Internal Alberta Health Services documents from the summer of 2022 show that the UCP’s prioritization of private facilities is not effective.
The gap in the number of surgeries that public facilities could complete but aren’t due to staff shortages is far greater than the number of increased surgeries done in private facilities.
Calgary lawyer Susan Wright analyzed contracts with Charted Surgical Facilities and found that these facilities receive simpler cases than hospitals, and 1 company has a “volume floor” - a min. # of surgical cases AHS must send them - and will receive $167 m. in “service fees.”
Shepherd said it’s time for a real plan to provide Albertans with better healthcare. He pointed to the Family Health Teams proposal introduced by Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley last month that would modernize primary care through the establishment of Family Health Teams.
We will empower more healthcare workers to work to their full scope of practice and provide support staff so physicians can spend less time on paperwork and more time on patient care.” - @DShepYEG

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Mar 29
A cell phone video leaked to Alberta’s NDP reveals the true extent of Danielle Smith’s coordinated political interference in the justice system on behalf of those charged following the Coutts blockade. 🧵

#cdnpoli #alberta #ableg #ucp
The video appears to capture a January 2023 video call between Danielle Smith and street pastor Artur Pawlowski, who faces charges of breaching a release order and mischief for inciting people to block public property at the border crossing at Coutts in January 2022.
“For freedom to be preserved, people must be willing to sacrifice their lives,” Pawlowski told a crowd. “This is our time. If this is our Alamo then so be it.” Prosecutors called Pawlowski’s actions “an overt threat to violence.”
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Feb 14
Pharmacist Juliet Franklin will be the Alberta NDP candidate for #Drumheller-#Stettler in the next Alberta provincial election. 🧵

#ableg #abndp #abpoli #abelxn23
Franklin is a full-time pharmacist in Stettler, and the first-generation Canadian in her family who immigrated to Alberta from India.
Franklin currently lives in Parkdale in Stettler with her husband, and grew up in Edmonton.

Franklin holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Chicago State University, and a Bachelors in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Studies from University of The Sciences in Philadelphia.
Read 4 tweets
Feb 13
Environment Minister Sonya Savage has admitted the UCP’s $20-billion royalty giveaway is a bad idea that violates the polluter-pay principle. 🧵

#cdnpoli #ableg #ucp
On Monday, Savage was asked about a letter Danielle Smith wrote during her time as a corporate lobbyist advocating for the RStar program. In response, Savage said the program “didn’t align with Alberta’s polluter-pay principle and the royalty framework.”
“Alberta’s system has always been based on a core principle: when you make a mess, you clean it up. Danielle Smith wants to violate this basic principle to give away billions of dollars to her friends that helped get her elected.” NDP Energy Critic @KathleenGanley
Read 8 tweets
Feb 13
An Edmonton woman’s name was added to the list of thousands of Albertans who can’t find a family doctor after she was notified she lost hers through a lottery. 🧵

#ableg #abhealth #cdnhealth #yeg
Mona Koch has had the same family doctor for eight years, but in November she received an email informing her that due to changes in her practice, Koch’s doctor would no longer be able to continue providing medical care to her.
Koch, 62, learned that because other doctors left the clinic, her doctor would be taking on some of their patients, forcing her to drop some of her own patients.
Read 7 tweets
Oct 3, 2022
A new report shows the UCP government’s plan to withdraw Albertans from the Canada Pension Plan will cost Albertans more in the long term while increasing the risk to their retirement savings. 🧵

#ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #yyc #yeg #yql #ymm
According to documents acquired by Postmedia from Employment and Social Development Canada, the federal government anticipates that any provincial withdrawal from the CPP will lead to “duplicate administration, limited risk pooling, and greater risk on investment returns”.
UCP leadership candidates including presumed frontrunner Danielle Smith and former finance minister Travis Toews continue to support the idea despite widespread public backlash.
Read 6 tweets
Jan 26, 2022
Alberta’s Auditor General will not be allowed to present six performance audits of the UCP’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, after UCP MLAs voted down his request to bring his findings to a committee of the legislature.

#ableg #abpoli #abhealth #covid19ab
“After two years of deadly COVID mismanagement and secrecy, the UCP are trying to bury the findings of the Auditor General.” - NDP MLA Marlin Schmidt
Denying the Auditor’s request to present his work, and effectively banning him from testifying on his COVID-19 audits, is an unprecedented attempt to hide the truth from Albertans.
Read 7 tweets

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