It’s Day 10 of the 2019 Alberta election campaign. Here’s what the province’s political parties are doing today
UCP leader Jason Kenney is in Calgary on Thursday, announcing “vacancies” on the healthcare system of the province and providing details of the party’s plan to deal with the crisis of opioids.
Part of the UCP plan is to reduce growing administrative costs, said Kenney, adding that he hopes to get 1-2% savings when making a management review.
“We believe there are too many managers who manage managers,” said Kenney.
In an effort to combat the use of fentanyl and opioids, Kenney said that the UCP would fund a team dedicated to the investigation of opioids and would ask the federal government for mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers and stricter drug controls in the borders.
On safe injection sites, Kenney said the UCP would take a “sensible and compassionate” approach, and would only endorse new sites if extensive consultations with affected communities and socio-economic studies were conduct
This model is “completely compliant” with the Canada Health Act, Kenney says, noting a report from a former NDP finance minister who said there was no queue-jumping because nobody could pay upfront they just contracted them out #ableg #abvot
To the opioid epidemic. UCP would implement an action plan to tackle addiction & provide more supports for mental health focusing on drug treatment. Appoint associate minister of health for mental health and additions
Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley is in Calgary announced a plan to invest $1.3 billion to build and upgrade another 70 schools across the province. Also, fully funding enrolment growth and increasing the Classroom Improvement Fund (CIF) from $77 million to $100 million annually.
The party also committed Thursday to fully funding growing student enrolment each year, which would add an estimated 600 new teaching and support staff positions for the 15,000 more students expected to arrive in Alberta schools by the fall.
“GSAs, quite frankly, are too important—they save lives” Notley said.