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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

on the second day he created more doctors.

Here's a quick look at how campaign 2008 is shaping out in Alberta...

1.
Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft released his party's plans for Alberta's two largest cities in an Edmonton Regional plan and Calgary Regional plan. Watch for the Alberta Liberals to focus on coalition building in Alberta's two largest municipalities and their regions. As the Alberta Liberals probably aren't going to gain waves of support from deep rural Tory strongholds, building an urban coalition is a smart strategy for a party looking to break Ed Stelmach's Tories' 37-year-old grip on Alberta's Legislature.

2. The Stelmach Tories have released their first TV ad with the first being on the topic of health care. Yesterday, Ed Stelmach promised to train hundreds of new doctors, nurses and health-care workers over the next four years (just in time to get rid of health care premiums).

The medical community was quick to throw in their two cents on Stelmach's health care announcement:

...according to Dr. Trevor Theman, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, that is likely not possible: although the need is there, it would require a near-doubling of current training spending from the province and involve recruiting dozens of more people to train them - with staff to train physicians already an issue for the existing 250 spots.

"Edmonton and Calgary are already maxed out in their ability to train, and even if there were more money, it's an issue of human resources," said Theman. "You need trainers available and you need people who have clinical experience to handle that training."

In fact, the only way to achieve the province's doctor target, said Theman, would be by relying chiefly on recruitment of overseas physicians, which is already the province's principal new source of doctors.

3. Word on the street has it that the Stelmach Tories being sticks in the mud and are holding out in negotiations for this election's Leaders' Debate. The debates would have Stelmach face Kevin Taft, Wildrose Alliance leader Paul Hinman, and ND leader Brian Mason in a live province-wide radio and televised debate. Does this mean that the Tories concerned about Stelmach's public debating skills?

4. The Social Credit Party has laid out their ambitious plan for Alberta:
Social Credit will be fielding 12 candidates and asking Albertans in the coming weeks to consider the only alternative to the Liberals or ruling Conservatives – Social Credit, a party with a rich history of governing the province and a party eager to rekindle a flame under the people of Alberta.
5. As the Alberta Greens, Soreds, and Wildrose Alliance continue to nominate candidates across the province, the Stelmach Tories have appointed two candidates in difficult constituencies: Manmeet Bhullar in Calgary-Montrose and T.J. Keil in Edmonton-Strathcona. Bhullar was appointed after the Tories rejected the Calgary-Montrose PC Association choice-candidate Robin Leech.

6. The list of 2008 Alberta Election candidates continues to grow. If I've missed any candidates or their websites, send me an email at daveberta.ca@gmail.com.

7 comments:

calgarygrit said...

I think I've detected the PC commercial strategy - find people who sound even LESS enthousiastic about the issues than Ed and put them in a room with him so that he looks good by comparison.

Saskboy said...

"The debates would have Stelmach face Kevin Taft, Wildrose Alliance leader Paul Hinman, and ND leader Brian Mason in a live province-wide radio and televised debate. "

No Alberta Greens? I don't know the history of the politics in Alberta, but why would Wild Rose get into the debate but not the Greens?

Ken Chapman said...

Let the Greens speak!!!

Anonymous said...

The Wildrose Alliance gets to be part of the debate because their leader, Mr. Paul Hinman, won a seat as an MLA in the previous election. This is a fair and reasonable way to keep the debates from being inundated with fringe party leaders. The Greens need to win at least one seat in this election if they want to be a part of the debates next time around.

Winning one seat in a provincial election isn't an unreasonable request. If you've ever met Mr. Hinman you would realize that if he can do it, anyone can.

Anonymous said...

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=263ef579-ac8e-4c5c-b475-6084dc498483&k=69919

MDs knock Stelmach pledge
More doctors no cure for services starved of cash, province told

Jodie Sinnema, The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - It's ridiculous for Premier Ed Stelmach to promise Albertans an extra 225 doctors a year when current surgeons are being sent home because operations are cancelled, two Edmonton doctors say.

"It's exceedingly frustrating that we can't do our jobs and it's getting worse, not better," said Dr. Clifford Sample, a gastrointestinal surgeon at the Grey Nuns Hospital.

Sample was sent home Wednesday after his two major surgeries were cancelled because of shortages in beds and nursing. Across the region, about two dozen elective surgeries were cancelled.
Dr. Clifford Sample, a gastrointestinal surgeon at the Grey Nuns Hospital, is frustrated with Stelmach's promise to add 225 doctors a year when current surgeons are being sent home because operations are cancelled.View Larger Image View Larger Image
Dr. Clifford Sample, a gastrointestinal surgeon at the Grey Nuns Hospital, is frustrated with Stelmach's promise to add 225 doctors a year when current surgeons are being sent home because operations are cancelled.

At peak times this winter, the problem has been even worse, with up to 40 operations cancelled over two days.

"We get announcements from Mr. Stelmach that he's going to bring on all these extra physicians and I ask him: Where are they going to work?" asked Sample, who is president of general surgery for the Alberta Medical Association.

"What are they going to do when the physicians in the system now can't do their jobs due to lack of resources?"

Josh Gould said...

The Socreds want to "rekindle a flame under the people of Alberta"?

Do they want to broil them?

Brian Dell said...

Perhaps the snide commenter about Mr Hinman would be interested in coming over to my blog one day to discuss a bit of actual policy for a change of pace.

Hinman may have his limitations, but he has a strong work ethic and he's working with far more limited resources than the other leaders (http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=060612d1-4cae-4fff-9bff-f5384e6ec47c)