United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney reveals broad policy plans in Edmonton, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for his party's health platform before the Alberta election campaign. THE CHANGER WASG / Dean Bennett
Pre-growing Rising Alberta has one incredible feature.
Premier Rachel Notley announces something. The UCP Leader Jason Kenney canceled that.
This is mythical politics, as Notley may not be around to do the things that are being published, and Kenney has no authority to cancel anything.
That does not stop either of them.
Last week, the NDP revealed a huge deal to supply solar electricity to government facilities.
Kenney said that he could drain it if there are subsidies in question and it does not look economically.
On Tuesday, Notley announced a contract of $ 3.7 billion over three years to lease rail for oil transport.
Kenney said on Wednesday, he'll definitely cancel that one. He was planning to call the Pacific and National Canadian Railways to warn them not to waste any money on preparations.
Shortly thereafter, Notley published $ 2 billion methanol plant for the Grande Prairie area. Kenney now has that ball in her court.
Notley assumes she will still be a top priority. Kenney assumes he is already.
Another common feature of the Alberta campaigns also started on Wednesday – the traditional fight for healthcare.
Kenney announced and signed the theater, a healthcare warrant for Albertans.
Alberta Conservatives are always making such promises to cut costs in improving the service.
But it would be unwise to assume that this is just political talk. Apart from the policy issues, Kenney has a deep personal reason for reforming the system.
At the Edmonton news conference, he talked about how his father died in 2010 after waiting for 14 hours in the Rockyview General Hospital emergency room without treatment.
Kenney said his father was sitting in a waiting room chair for many hours without seeing it, diagnosed it or not to prove it.
He reached a relationship and managed to take him a hallway bed. The next day, his father was accepted but he died suddenly – "and the tests did not even come back again."
Kenney said her family had never understood why the most expensive system in Canada could allow that to happen to a person. It is denied to be "shouted down by interest groups" that protect the status quo.
He says that the system is good but far from perfect, and no-one should suffer pain without help.
Often, Brian Jean, former leader of Wildrose, who Kenney is knocking for the leadership, tells a story about how emotionally his son died after months in hospital without an appropriate diagnosis.
Jean won the Wildrose leadership eight days after Michael Jean died at age 23.
When reforming the health system in his son's memory, Jean then said that he was one big reason in politics despite the grief.
Jean did not have to take action on healthcare. Can Kenney. It is obviously serious about improving waiting times surgery and emergency room logjams.
Kenney said that the UCP will not reduce the expenditure but would cut an administration. Any savings would go to the front line.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman noted that Alberta's health administration costs were very low, although overall spending is the highest in the country.
The main reason is high wages and wages established when Alberta was mainly wealthy and owed.
It seems that Kenney, who says that will not cut public sector pay, would suggest that any new money for the front line would have to come from savings elsewhere. There would probably not be an annual funding increase for inflation.
Hoffman says that he would in turn spell a disaster for the system.
Often, the Conservatives have started this argument, just to fall in the face of a fierce opposition.
Ralph Klein left his Third Way privatization plan. The Tories Premier Ed Stelmach spent years trying to include the animal they created with Alberta Health Services.
For personal and ideological reasons, Kenney would not be likely to turn. It is determined to achieve much better results without pumping in more money.
So far, the language is lightly stimulating. But this could become a holy war of war soon unlike anything since the computers broke down the old health regions.
Don Braid's column appears regularly in the Herald.
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