More than one month after the Klein government promised a plan for a dialogue with Albertans on health care, no evidence of any consultation exists. In fact, the governments own web site insists that there are currently no consultations going on in the ministry of Health and Wellness.
In a showdown with Prime Minister Martin during the federal election campaign, Premier Klein backed off from introducing user fees that could violate the Canada Health Act. At the time, and after the election, the federal government insisted that those proposals were still on the table, but only after a consultation with Albertans.
CUPE Alberta President Bruce McLeod said polls consistently show Albertans are strongly opposed to the privatization of health care and that the lack of any real mechanism to listen to citizens is telling.
Watch for Klein to tell us that the cards and letters have been calling for reform, said CUPE Alberta President Bruce McLeod. But without public hearings, polling or other formal surveying techniques, Albertans will recognize it for what it really is: a cash grab and a sham.