A pet peeve for border city health care in Lloydminster is harmonizing the health records so they can be accessed anywhere, whether someone has medical services done on the Saskatchewan or Alberta side of the city.
As UCP leadership hopefuls seek the vote of party members to become the next premier of
Alberta, Todd Loewen shares that he values being able to access health records across the province.
“I believe that’s very important. That’s one thing that I’ve liked is being able to travel across Alberta and if something happens to me when I’m in southern Alberta, when I’m actually from northern Alberta, I know that my health records are there to be accessed. I think that’s important and obviously for people that live along the border that’s important for them too; to know that doctors on each side of the border have access to health records.”
Speaking on the main stage at the candidates forum in Vermilion, the aspiring party leader says he would push for an Alberta pension plan as part of the move to make Alberta be recognized as a senior player in confederation.
Loewen wants to send a strong message to Ottawa that goes beyond “strongly worded letters.” He says if he is elected to be leader he can bring a voice for a lot of Albertans who feel left out.
“Albertans need to be listened to. They need to feel like they’ve been listened to. And the MLAs that they have elected to represent them need to be listened to also. So in the cabinet table and the caucus table we need to be listened to, our MLAs who are there to represent their constituents. And that will provide that opportunity for Albertans to feel listened to at the provincial table.”
At the federal level he insisted there needs to be someone to stand up to Ottawa and “do something” as Albertans “need action immediately.”
Some 250 people heard the pitches of five of the seven leadership hopefuls at the
Vermilion Regional Centre. The UCP membership has decision day on October 6th.