Kenney’s all-out war on public health

Having declared the pandemic over and canceling all public well being measures, Alberta premier Jason Kenney has returned to his first preoccupation: destroying public well being.


When municipalities like Calgary and Edmonton introduced they’d keep masking guidelines anyway, Kenney’s UCP authorities tabled Invoice 4, a brand new regulation making it unlawful for native governments to institute public well being measures.


The precondition for privatizing healthcare is to undermine the wages and dealing situations of public well being staff, scary them to depart their occupation. The ensuing disaster in hospital capability creates the opening for profiteering and privatizing. 


Readers ought to recall that Kenney started coping with the COVID emergency by reducing $500 million from the well being price range and demanding a 5% wage minimize for nurses. Ensuing outrage and pushback compelled him to rescind each cuts – briefly. 


Now that the emergency is said over (it’s removed from over, however that’s one other story) the calls for for wage cuts from well being staff are again – however this time Kenney is attacking staff with much less visibility and public help than nurses.


Kenney’s authorities is demanding wage rollbacks from staff like: Superior Care Paramedics (.28%); Occupational Therapists (5.39%); Physiotherapists (2.33%); Pharmacists (5.10%); and Respiratory Therapists (8.05%).


Tellingly, this authorities that used rhetoric about psychological well being to justify dropping well being mandates is now demanding a ten.90% wage minimize for Social Staff.


Kenny is getting into the final yr of his mandate and all of the polls present him trailing the NDP by a broad margin. The temptation for labour shall be to chunk their lip and look ahead to an NDP authorities to revive their wages. That may be a deadly error. Even when Rachel Notley’s NDP does kind the subsequent authorities – and there aren’t any ensures – it is going to be extraordinarily tough to get the genie of for-profit healthcare again within the bottle.


Privatization needs to be uncovered and fought right here and now.




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