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Alberta Diary: Conservative parties squirm as fired AHS executive triumphs over government, controversial MLA quits opposition caucus

This just in from Alberta’s two conservative parties. Below: former Alberta Health Services CFO Allaudin Merali, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, MLA Joe Anglin (CBC Photo), Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, former health minister Fred Horne.

Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative Party and its Opposition Wildrose Party, in addition to sharing an identical right-wing ideology, face . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Conservative parties squirm as fired AHS executive triumphs over government, controversial MLA quits opposition caucus

Alberta Diary: Despite statements by former premier and health minister, AHS has dropped its objection to paying full severance to fired CFO Allaudin Merali

Fred Horne and Alison Redford, back in the day. (CBC photo.) Below: Former Alberta Health Services senior vice-president and CFO Allaudin Merali; former Capital Health Region CEO Sheila Weatherill.

Alberta Health Services has thrown in the towel on a key point of the legal dispute with Allaudin Merali and offered to pay its . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Despite statements by former premier and health minister, AHS has dropped its objection to paying full severance to fired CFO Allaudin Merali

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

In This Corner: Queue jumping inquiry shocker: rich and famous have connections!

Your provincial government is spending the somewhat staggering sum of $10 million on a public inquiry into “queue jumping” in the health care system.

In light of what we’ve heard so far, I would like to propose to the province that the inquiry is shut down immediately. For a mere $100,000 (certified cheque only, please) . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Queue jumping inquiry shocker: rich and famous have connections!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Three investigations kick-off 2013 in Alberta politics.

TweetDespite winning a large majority in last spring’s provincial election, Alberta’s long-governing Progressive Conservatives had a rough ride in the media and on the floor of the Assembly last year. If Tory MLAs hoped for a reprieve in 2013, they may have to wait for a few months. Starting off the year are three investigations . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Three investigations kick-off 2013 in Alberta politics.

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: Why tossing Alauddin Merali under the bus may not have been a good idea

Health Minister Fred Horne contemplates the Ghost of Firings Past. Or, wait, maybe that’s Michael Giuffre with the Ghost of Pre-Election Advertising Campaigns Past. Whatever, it’s not as grim as the Ghost of Elections Yet to Come, and players in Alberta’s health care system may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Allaudin Merali, Sheila Weatherill, … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Why tossing Alauddin Merali under the bus may not have been a good idea

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: new alberta health services chairperson’s tory and wildrose connections.

TweetThe President and Co-CEO of a billion dollar oil and gas transportation and trucking company headquartered in Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith‘s Highwood constituency has been appointed as the new chairperson of Alberta Health Services. The previous board chair, Ken Hughes is now Energy Minister and the Progressive Conservative MLA for Calgary-West, so one would . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: new alberta health services chairperson’s tory and wildrose connections.

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s Expensesgate scandal: Just saying it’s over doesn’t mean it’s over

Transparency, Alberta style, with Gloria Stuart as Alison Redford, William Harrigan as Dr. Chris Eagle and Claude Rains as Fred Horne. Below: Don Scott, yesterday’s Invisible Man.

Alberta’s mainstream media finally got around yesterday to acknowledging the obvious, that Alberta Health Services may have left itself (and the rest of us who pay . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s Expensesgate scandal: Just saying it’s over doesn’t mean it’s over

Alberta Diary: No buyout for former Alberta Health chief financial officer? Really?

Back in the days of Capital Health… Very little may be exactly as illustrated. Below: Dr. Chris Eagle, Alllaudin Merali, Fred Horne, Sheila Weatherill.

Alberta Health Services CEO Dr. Chris Eagle announced categorically in a news release today there will be no buyout for Allaudin Merali, the health care agency’s former chief financial . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: No buyout for former Alberta Health chief financial officer? Really?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: allaudin merali’s extravagant expenses a blow to alberta health services, redford government.

TweetThe highest echelons of Alberta Health Services are once again being rocked by a firestorm of public criticism after it was revealed that AHS Chief Financial Officer Allaudin Merali had claimed more than $345,000 in expenses to the province-wide health authority. Mr. Merali was fired by AHS hours before CBC aired the story about how . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: allaudin merali’s extravagant expenses a blow to alberta health services, redford government.

Alberta Diary: Understanding AHS: Carmangay nursing home repairs? We need the money for Allaudin Merali!

Village of Carmangay: Sorry, your nursing home will have to close. Below: Former Capital Health CEO Sheila Weatherill, Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne.

Let’s cut right to the chase: If Alberta Health Services can afford to buy out Allaudin Merali, again, it can afford to keep the doors open at the Little Bow . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Understanding AHS: Carmangay nursing home repairs? We need the money for Allaudin Merali!

Alberta Diary: Something hits the Alberta fan: Allaudin and his wonderful expense account revealed by CBC

Allaudin and his wonderful expense account? Departing Alberta Health Service executives may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: One of the few photos available of Allaudin Merali; CBC investigative journalist Charles Rusnell.

One is practically struck dumb by the astonishing CBC revelation that the Chief Financial Officer of Alberta’s massive single public health . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Something hits the Alberta fan: Allaudin and his wonderful expense account revealed by CBC