March 28, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Alberta bureaucrats stonewall inquiry into possibly illegal NDP campaign event

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

A month ago, Alberta’s election hadn't been called yet, but that didn't stop the NDP from getting into full campaign mode.

February 27, 2019, Premier Notley and her Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, held a press conference at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta at which Notley made some highly partisan remarks against UCP leader Jason Kenney.

It was evident that this was not a government of Alberta announcement, but rather a partisan NDP event replete with NDP sloganeering across the podium.

Kenney called it an unethical use of government resources.

The NDP campaign event breached the Alberta Health Services policy preventing political campaigning inside their facilities.

In response, Notley’s chief spokesperson Cheryl Oates claimed:

“Not a single tax dollar went to this announcement. The nurses who came to speak out about the dangers of Jason Kenney’s plan to privatize health care, came on their own time because this issue is important to them.”

But after the event, one of those nurses said she felt used, and didn't realize it was an NDP stunt as opposed to a government of Alberta healthcare announcement.

That untruth from Cheryl Oates begged further examination. If she was willing to lie about the nurses coming on their own time, was she also lying about not a single tax dollar being spent on the announcement?

Did the NDP use government resources and staffing hours, to do their partisan, unethical announcement in the Lethbridge Hospital?

Watch as I show you what we found in three separate Freedom of Information requests we filed to see if we could find the truth.

Both the Premier's office and Shannon Phillips’ Ministry claimed to have no documents or records regarding how two of them came to be standing in front of a podium at a press conference in a hospital making a partisan NDP announcement in the middle of a government work day.

But even sketchier was the response we received from Alberta Health Services. They claim to have so many documents and records, that they need more time to respond to our request!

And conveniently for the NDP, the extra time AHS needs means we won't have those records in our hands until after the provincial election.

Just like with the Election Commissioner’s attacks on Rebel’s free speech, this wouldn't be the first time the NDP have weaponized the bureaucracy for their own benefit.

 

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commented 2019-03-29 14:40:25 -0400
AHS along with the teachers’ union are the most supportive of NDP (pre-election in 2015 there were all over union posting to vote for NDP). Worked for this abominable organization – AHS – for years. It is rotten from top down. Large part of nurses -along with the ambulances personnel (part of AHS) – voted for NDP and there was no lay offs in healthcare system since NDP took the power. AHS has a bloated management, with layers over layers of “managers” that manage ignorance, slough, insouciance for reality, bullying, and double play. The army of young and impressionable new graduate nurses, brainwashed by their pathetic schooling and AHS, is an easy cannon fodder. NDP has to be displaced and thrown in the history’s garbage basket.
On the other hand, UPC needs to have the common sense, reorganize and restore AB’s healthcare, that’s a monster that ingurgitates public money (with the known results), and introduce a double tier, like any civilized country in EU, and G7.
commented 2019-03-29 11:49:14 -0400
When I was a kid my parents taught my siblings and myself that lying was wrong…and that there were consequences for being caught at lying…severe consequences!
What’s happened in the interim?

LOCK HER UP!
commented 2019-03-29 08:36:17 -0400
Clearly, an event of this nature had to have been coordinated between the AHS and the NDP. How can it be that the AHS has too many records to produce in the normal timeline, while the NDP has none? Are the NDP illegally destroying government records?
commented 2019-03-28 20:50:23 -0400
First, I hope Notley is defeated by Kenney, but I do not underestimate her.

Assuming she is, my next hope is Kenney does not make the same mistake Klein did when he downsized government. Klein left it in the hands of the bureaucrats who should have been downsized. They of course decided that it was the front line, who actually provided the services, and not them that needed to be downsized: nurses, OTs, PTs, EAs, teachers, ambulance, etc. Klein made the right call on downsizing but chose the wrong mechanism.

Kenney needs to hire outside auditors to determine the useless positions in government service, which is mainly the bureaucracy. Before that, he can just eliminate all the bureaucratic positions created by the NDP in the last 4 years, because if those positions were not necessary in 2014, they are not now. Then the audit.
commented 2019-03-28 20:19:42 -0400
Grubby little socialists all live in a world of lies, the dogma of Marxism controls their every thought. All they know is the lies and the Left….and that ain’t Right.
commented 2019-03-28 20:11:03 -0400
What a bunch of lying crooks we have in power here in Alberta. It’s time to boot them all out on April 16th.