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Toews says he will work with Saskatchewan on cross border health records

A UCP leadership prospect is weighing in on the harmonization of health records for residents on either side of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Lloydminster divide.

MLA Travis Toews speaking to MyLloydminsterNow in Vermilion at the candidates forum addressed the hot-button topic that sees residents on either side of the Border City having difficulty to access health records between the two provinces when they are medically referred for further treatment.

UCP candidates for premier L-R: Rebecca Schulz, Travis Toews, Todd Loewen, Brain Jean and Danielle Smith at the Vermilion Regional Centre. [Photo: Gerry Lampow 106.1 The Goat/Vista Radio]
“I am sure that’s an issue beyond Lloydminster, but I expect in Lloydminster that’s a real challenge with respect to harmonized health records. That’s not an issue that I have been confronted with, but I would like to work with the Saskatchewan government for the best interests of Albertans and Saskatchewan residents to ensure that we have got a health care system that’s harmonized and can serve Albertans well, particularly those in the city of Lloydminster.”

Toews says overall he has had “a great reception travelling around the province listening to Albertans” as he seeks the leadership vote. The former finance minister thinks his chances are good to be the next premier as he explains his plan to strengthen healthcare, the economy and industries like agriculture and energy.

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He points to the legal challenge to Bill C-69 which the government won in Alberta and now is going to the Supreme Court of Canada. He sees this as a way to deal with Ottawa to secure the economic interests of Alberta.

“So we need to push on the legal front. We also need to lead on those files wherever we can. An example of that is how we invited Senator Joe Manchin up to Alberta and spent three days with him touring the oilsands and met with energy executives in Calgary.”

Toews gives as another example of standing up to the feds, the manner in which the government supported ranchers and the cattle sector in the front of package beef labeling rules which Ottawa eventually relinquished its push to have beef included in the legislation.

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