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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Queue-jumping report quashes another Tory scandal

TweetOver the past eight months, Premier Alison Redford‘s Tories have been quickly dispatching the handful of scandals and allegations that dogged them and robbed them of their political agenda throughout 2012. Facing an aggressive Wildrose official opposition, the Progressive Conservatives were marred by controversy as they struggled to put forward a coherent government agenda in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Queue-jumping report quashes another Tory scandal

Alberta Diary: Redford Government just can’t seem to stop fumbling health care expenses frenzy

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne, right, helps Premier Alison Redford get ready to face Opposition questions about Alberta Health Services expense accounts. Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Health executives Michele Lahey, Sheila Weatherill, Alison Tonge.

The clueless ineptitude of the Redford Government dealing with Alberta’s continuing health system . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Redford Government just can’t seem to stop fumbling health care expenses frenzy

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: What to expect in the spring sitting? Dirt, mud, and more dirt.

TweetAfter a three-month break, Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly will gather today in Edmonton to start the spring sitting. The commencement of this year’s first sitting will be unusual in that it will lack the traditional pomp and circumstance that comes with a Speech from the Throne. Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell will not be invited . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: What to expect in the spring sitting? Dirt, mud, and more dirt.

Alberta Diary: Inquiry testimony suggests pricey private clinics – nudge-nudge, wink-wink – really can engineer preferential access

Wheeling and dealing: Staff of private clinics use advanced clinical techniques to decide which patients go to the front of the line for quick medical tests. Alberta medical insiders may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Retired judge John Vertes, Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne.

What appears to be the first confirmed example . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Inquiry testimony suggests pricey private clinics – nudge-nudge, wink-wink – really can engineer preferential access

Alberta Diary: A tsunami of Tory troubles? Naw, the Alberta universe is unfolding as it should…

All we want are the facts, Ma’am. A couple of investigators hired by Alberta Chief Electoral Officer O. (for Olaf) Brian Fjeldheim prepare to go through the files of friends, relatives and employees of billionaire Daryl Katz who may or may not have donated money to the Redford Tories. Actual Alberta detectives may . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: A tsunami of Tory troubles? Naw, the Alberta universe is unfolding as it should…

Alberta Diary: Scenes from an Inquiry: No fireworks as Ron Liepert and Lynn Redford testify

Lynn Redford, the Alberta Premier’s sister, stars in Scenes from an Inquiry, directed by Ingmar Bergman, or someone with a similarly Nordic directorial touch. Below: Former Alberta health minister Ron Liepert chooses his colour for a game of chess with retired justice John Vertes. Actual inquiry participants may or may not be exactly . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Scenes from an Inquiry: No fireworks as Ron Liepert and Lynn Redford testify

Alberta Diary: Well, somebody thought there was queue jumping, that’s for sure!

Your blogger with Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman, the former Conservative Parliamentary Secretary for Health. Below: Former Alberta Health Services CEO Stephen Duckett.

In other medical news, Alberta seems to be suffering an epidemic of mild memory loss. Not just Alberta, either. The problem has cropped up Down Under as well!

The Health . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Well, somebody thought there was queue jumping, that’s for sure!

Alberta Diary: Everythinggate: Perfect storm lands Alberta premier in shark-infested waters!

As a perfect storm blows, Alison Redford’s strategic brain trust parries Opposition attacks about the conduct of her government. The premier is in the centre of the boat, wearing a cowboy hat. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Your blogger with Paul Martin; queue-jumping inquiry chief John Vertes. As the political … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Everythinggate: Perfect storm lands Alberta premier in shark-infested waters!