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Episode 27: When is Alberta’s next election? And will Don Iveson be the next Prime Minister of Canada?

In this episode of the Daveberta Podcast, we stare deep into our crystal ball to figure out when Premier Rachel Notley will call Alberta’s next election, dissect some of the key messages from the party leaders, discuss how the United Conservative Party reacted to the controversy over Jason Kenney’s residency, and muse about whether Edmonton mayor Don Iveson will be the next Prime Minister of Canada.

Don Iveson Edmonton Mayor Election
Don Iveson

Dave and Ryan also delve into the latest candidate nomination news, including a handful of new NDP contested races.  We also answered a long list of questions sent in by listeners on topics ranging from provincial sales taxes, battleground ridings, municipal infrastructure funding, and more.

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One reply on “Episode 27: When is Alberta’s next election? And will Don Iveson be the next Prime Minister of Canada?”

Mr Hastman: re health care spending cuts that “protect the front lines” … we hear this same mantra from conservative politicians and pundits over and over again, but when they actually get their hands on the public purse, it is direct patient/client care that suffers.

You see, as direct care staff, we rely on all those managers and mid-level directors for all sorts of things we can’t do ourselves. Hiring, mentoring and scheduling our co-workers, to both replace staff attrition—because people move, have babies, get sick, retire, die, win the lotto & move to Fiji—and to expand staffing levels when necessary, are management functions without which we are inevitably left short-handed. Ensuring we have the necessary support services, from equipment and supplies, to maintenance, to utilities to run care facilities, is a necessary management function. Paying us, since after all highly-qualified health care professionals are not volunteers: gotta have management to do that.

Setting evidence-based Policy, to ensure care processes are based on the best available evidence, is another key management function. So is financial oversight: any organization the size of AHS needs strong financial controls to prevent either inadvertent or intentional misspending. Same applies to quality assurance, infection prevention & control, and patient safety programmes. None of these directly touch the average patient, and yet you don’t want to run a health care system without them.

So, you can’t just go through the gigantic org chart—which was, let’s not forget, the brainchild of Mr Ron Liepert—with a scythe, and expect to keep a quality health care system. You have to do it with a scalpel, and at the end of the day, the savings will be negligible.

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