United Conservatives Want NDP to "Come Clean" About Lethbridge Hospital Campaign Event

Premier Notley speaking at CRH Saturday. Photo credit to Rachel Notley's Twitter account

A letter from the President of Alberta Health Services says AHS understood a "heath care announcement" was being made at CRH.

Alberta's United Conservatives are continuing to hammer away at the NDP over what they say was the New Democrats misuse of a Lethbridge health care facility for a campaign event last weekend.

Premier Rachel Notley as well as MLA's Shannon Phillips and Maria Fitzpatrick were at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, with a backdrop of nurses and NDP campaign slogans.

The UCP sent off a letter to Alberta Health Services the following day asking how the New Democrats were allowed to hold a partisan campaign event at a public hospital.

The President of AHS has since responded, saying they had understood a health care "announcement" was being make at Chinook Regional and have since reached out to the Health Minister's office for clarification on political activity policy.

UCP House Leader, Jason Nixon says he wants the NDP to come clean. "It's clear the Premier's office wasn't truthful when they claimed everyone who participated did so with full knowledge of what Saturday's campaign event was all about."

We reached out to the Alberta New Democrats for some clarification. The Premier's Communication Director, Cheryl Oates sent us a statement which reads: “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. We were not aware of the 2012 AHS memo outlining their policy on events like this.. We understand the concern and will ensure future partisan events are not done at AHS facilities.”

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