Alberta Election News 2019

UCP health care policy invites return to PC-era chaos

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DON BRAID, CALGARY HERALD March 26, 2019

Health care isn’t a giant issue in this election campaign — not yet anyway. But it may once again hit the heights when the dire risks of UCP health promises sink in.

Jason Kenney’s party would freeze spending. Any fresh funding for the front lines would come from cash saved through cuts to administration, or unexpected improvements to the fiscal picture.

That’s not going to work. In fact, it guarantees a return to the chaos of the Progressive Conservative years, and maybe worse, because there would be no panic spending spikes to save the day.

This seems to be slipping under voter radar because health care is no longer a hair-pulling crisis.

It ranks fourth in importance to voters, tied at 24 per cent with government spending, according to a recent Angus Reid Institute survey.

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