Alberta’s not-so-new government has racked up the highest deficit projections in the history of our province. So in our Engage document our PC caucus asks: how can we create a culture of increasing quality of life and improving health outcomes while decreasing costs?
The previous government designed programs and policies that were positive, proactive, and preventative. Through a rigorous province-wide consultation, the most comprehensive framework of its kind on Earth, Alberta’s strategic approach to wellness was created, but we’ve heard nothing about this or other groundbreaking initiatives for aboriginal Albertans, students, employees, and seniors.
The NDP have made no commitments to continue hosting international wellness symposia, provincial wellness forums, and Alberta workplace wellness summits, which were previously supported by stakeholders clear across Alberta and all parties in this House. A few days ago the NDP canned the internationally recognized Healthy U campaign and shut down healthyalberta.ca. The minister in charge assigned the recently appointed Associate Minister of Health, not wellness, her first job: dealing with assisted death. With great respect I say, Mr. Speaker, that I fear this government is overlooking wellness.
Finally, the NDP has been silent on the Alberta Get Outdoors, or GO, Weekend, an act passed by all parties of this very House and which just happens to be this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. GO has been supported by every ministry in the past and organizations across our province, but the NDP has literally dropped the ball on this as well.
With skyrocketing rates of chronic health diseases of all kinds and ever-escalating health care costs, I implore the government to concentrate on root causes so that Albertans can be as happy, healthy, and out of the hospital as much as possible while decreasing health care costs and taxes.
On April 6, 2016, Dave Rodney defended programs to support wellness in Alberta.
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