As Alberta steers toward a provincial election, the Calgary Herald, Alberta Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association are hosting a town hall forum today on the future of health care featuring Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne and representatives from four op-position parties.
The event will be held at the Metropolitan Conference Centre from 6: 45-8: 45 p.m.
Panellists include Horne, Liberal health critic David Swann, Wildrose Alliance health critic Heather Forsyth, Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor and former federal NDP candidate Shannon Phillips.
Calgary Herald editorial page editor Licia Corbella is moderating the forum.
Questions will be posed by members of the public, Herald readers, a Calgary physician and health-care organizations and non-profits.
“Health care is a priority for Albertans and with the election coming in the next days or weeks, we think it’s a good opportunity to learn more about the positions of the various parties,” said AMA assistant executive director Ron Kustra.
“There’s no doubt health care is one of the most important concerns for Albertans in the upcoming election, and polls continuously show it’s the top issue in the province,” added Calgary Herald managing editor Monica Zurowski.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the public to discuss and learn more about the future of health care in the province.”
The public is invited to attend the meeting. A second town hall is planned for Edmonton on March 12.
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