Glenn Taylor renews Alberta Party call for full Judicial Inquiry
Posted on October 27, 2011 by Richard Einarson
Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor sent the following letter to Premier Alison Redford this morning calling for an immediate, comprehensive Judicial Inquiry into the various allegations concerning Alberta’s Health Care System.
Along with the letter, we have also created a new website where citizens can sign a petition that calls for a full judicial inquiry at HealthInquiryNow.ca. We will forward the results of this petition to Premier Redford and Fred Horne, Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness.
Honourable Alison Redford, M.L.A., Q.C., Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
October 26, 2011
A central promise of your leadership campaign was to launch a judicial inquiry to investigate the accusations regarding ‘queue jumping’ made by Dr. Stephen Duckett, former Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Health Services. You will recall your news release issued on June 7, 2011, wherein you stated:
“My call for an inquiry is about finding out the truth and putting a stop to practices that go against my personal and political values. These allegations may be true. Or not. Regardless, we need to find answers to restore confidence in one of the most important public institutions.”
But recently, it has come to our attention that you may have decided against launching a judicial inquiry and have opted instead to rely on the Health Quality Council to conduct their review. This is very troubling news. While I agree that making the Health Quality Council more independent from the government is a very good idea, the council currently does not have sufficient independence to conduct a credible investigation. There must be a clear separation between the entity conducting the inquiry, the government, and Alberta Health Services.
As we expressed last March, the Alberta Party fully supports the call for a full public inquiry into the allegations surrounding the health system. The inquiry, however, must have a broader scope than the narrow issue of ‘queue jumping’, as you originally proposed. The inquiry must also investigate the shocking allegations made by Dr. Sherman and Dr. McNamee. Without a broad mandate, the inquiry will fail to restore public confidence in our health care system.
Madame Premier, the only way to maintain the integrity of one of our most important public institutions would be to stand firm on your promise for a fully independent judicial inquiry into the health care system and to broaden the mandate of the inquiry to adequately address the serious allegations that have been made. I strongly encourage you to revisit your decision.
Leader, The Alberta Party