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RED DEER – National President Paul Moist used his address to delegates yesterday to take aim at the Alberta government, saying Premier Kleins “third-way” for health care was little more than a smoke-screen for private health care.

“Ralph Klein preferred to go to a casino in Hull (Gatineau) rather than discuss the future of health care with other premiers,” said Moist. “He wouldnt negotiate with the other Premiers, then he accepts the deal the feds offer, refuses to talk about health care during the election, and then turns around again to announce a third-way.’ There is no way we want third way, its about privatization,” said Moist. “We reject that as Canadians.”

Moist also attacked the provincial government over its position that a national child care plan not require national standards.

“(Childrens Services Minister) Heather Forsyth was the only minister to put caveats on national child care funding,” said Moist. “We need to send a message to Ralph Klein and Heather Forsyth, in the 21st century, we demand universal, publicly run child care for everyone.”