By Letter to the Editor on March 16, 2019.
After watching what Ralph Klein did to this province using Reform Party policies, we know we can’t afford another Liberal-turned-Reformer in Jason Kenney.
I will never forget the nurses bawling in my office when Klein destroyed their careers. Nor will I forget the doctor with tears streaming down his face who told me he had six patients who desperately needed to be put in hospital and he couldn’t get even one of them in because of what Klein had done. My father, after spending countless hours volunteering for the Lougheed and Getty governments and donating around $30,000 to their party, was almost killed by Klein’s health-care cuts.
I helped nine doctors and at least two dozen nurses relocate out of this province because of what Klein had done and not one wanted to go. Lawyers, accountants, oilmen, bankers and former MLAs all pointed out none of this was necessary had Klein not slashed royalties and taxes for the benefit of his rich friends.
Now Kenney, using Stephen Harper-style TV attack adds, is accusing Rachel Notley of creating the mess our health-care system is in. How stupid does he think we are? We have never recovered from the disaster Klein created.
Retired doctors point out that Kenney’s plans for a lot more privatization will create an even worse mess. Rural Albertans will lose their health-care services. Doctors and nurses will not remain in rural Alberta if they can make a lot more money working in the private-for-profit clinics and hospitals, in the cities, that his plan will create.
Those of us from the world of finance know you can’t fix the “horrific mess,” as Lougheed called it, that the Klein, Stelmach and Redford governments created for us by not spending billions like Notley is doing and you certainly aren’t going to repay the massive debt it’s creating by not increasing our royalties and taxes back up to the Lougheed levels like Notley is trying to do.
Maybe Kenney and his supporters should read the article that circulated on television and in newspapers before the last election: “Daughter of former Alberta premier Ralph Klein supports NDP in upcoming election.” Not only does Angie confirm that her dad was a liberal, she also admits that, like many of us true conservatives, she was also voting against him when he was in office, knowing what a disaster his flat tax had been for this province.
Alan K. Spiller