Alberta Politics Daveberta Podcast

Episode 28: An Unconstitutional Dog Ate My Homework

The Friday night bombshell that hit Stephen Mandel and the Alberta Party, the likelihood of Premier Rachel Notley tabling a budget before calling the 2019 election and how much influence the anti-abortion group the Wilberforce Project actually has over United Conservative Party nominations. These are just a few of the hot topics Dave Cournoyer discussed with special guests Natalie Pon and David Climenhaga in this episode of the Daveberta Podcast.

They also delved into the latest candidate nomination news, including recent UCP votes in Calgary-North and Lethbridge-East, former CBC reporter John Archer’s candidacy in Edmonton-South West, and whether we are ever going to find out the true identity of the mystery UCP candidate in Red Deer-South. They also opened the mailbag to answer some of the questions you have sent us over the past few weeks.

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Dave Cournoyer with special guests Natalie Pon and David Climenhaga.

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2 replies on “Episode 28: An Unconstitutional Dog Ate My Homework”

On health care: Perhaps the two Daves should point out to Ms Pon, that physicians don’t look for “jobs”. They open practices.

Physicians are, by & large, self-employed small businesses, and they can open up a practice literally anywhere they choose. Look beyond Calgary and Edmonton. There are hundreds of under-served rural and small-city communities all over Alberta that need both primary care physicians and specialists, in varying specialties from OB/Gyn & Pediatrics, to Psychiatry. Just move to one, open up a clinic or join an existing one, seek practice privileges at the local hospital, and you’re set for life. You’ll never see a physician in a food bank.

Thanks for your comment. I’m very aware of how the system works, given that my partner is a physician, as are numerous of my close friends, in specialties where that’s not possible. I wish it were as simple as you describe. In addition, there are dozens of doctors who graduate annually who do not match to a residency program:

Your suggestion is all fine and well for GPs (if they can obtain the capital to open their own practice). But any specialty requiring hospital privileges (when there are no positions available) doesn’t work that way.

But thanks for tuning in!

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