Alberta’s Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says the bad economy means there is just no more money for drug treatment beds to help combat the deadly fentanyl crisis in Alberta.
In November 2015, Hoffman cut $13 million from the long term capital capital spending plan for addictions treatment.
At the same time, the Notley government went on a public sector hiring spree, adding nearly 50,000 new employees to the government payroll.
The same year, 274 people died from fentanyl overdoses, a 230 percent increase over the year before.
Sarah Hoffman managed to find $200 million in the healthcare budget to upgrade the government run (that means “union run”) hospital laundromats rather than move the laundry service to an outside, cheaper and more efficient privately run contract.
It can’t be very comforting to the families of drug addicts who have to wait a minimum of 20 days to get into treatment that the sheets are washed by a government worker.
Rachel Notley said she cares about the poor and we should all be helping each other.
But street junkies don’t pay union dues.