Bad PC Rerun: Promise Big on Health Care Before an Election, Break Promise After


EDMONTON, AB – The billions of dollars in new spending announced on an eve of an election is another bad rerun from the PC government: promising big on health care only to break their promise after an election, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

“I’ve seen it first hand in Fort McMurray . Our seniors are still waiting for long-term care beds even though PC Premiers have promised them five different times,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “This PC government and Mr. Prentice no longer deserve a blank cheque on their promises.”

Below is a breakdown of major health care promises made by the PC government that were broken, or delayed after an election:

Projects Date Promised Current Status
140 Family Care Clinics April 2012 1 Facility Built
Whitecourt Hospital February 1994 Design Phase
Fort McMurray Long Term Care March 2008 Delayed
Sherwood Park Hospital Budget 2006 Promise Broken
Edson Health Centre Budget 2005 Construction
High Prairie Health Centre Oct. 2004 Construction
Grande Prairie Hospital Oct. 2004 Construction

After 44 years of PC government, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said the evidence shows the PC government no longer deserves the trust of Albertans.

“This is more of the same from the PC government.  They have a proven track record of making billions of dollars in spending announcements before an election, only to break their promise after,” Forsyth said.  “We believe in real leadership that stands up for Albertans and keeps our promises on the urgent health care needs facing our province.”