It's not very often I am forced to agree with much of anything that comes from an Alberta politician, especially an NDP'er. Thinking back to the time my own son was born here in 2011, though and remembering the gong show it was at times, I do know that our maternity ward here faces many challenges. Apparently, over the course of the past 4 years, not much has changed. It's an issue I feel so strongly about that I sent off an email to my local MLA here. Initially, I have to admit I just want to jump all over the guy, but I've decided to wait and see if and how he responds first. I've written my MLA a couple times in the past and never received a reply so I'm rather skeptical....and cynical.
I do find it a bit ridiculous that the man's office is less than two blocks from my house and while the big white, shiny sign says the MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin is in that building somewhere I haven't seen much evidence of that in terms of the communication I get from him. Hence my skepticism that my email will actually be acknowledged. I'm sure I'll get the old "this is my community too" shtick from him. Of course, politicians pretty much have to say something like that anyway. Forgive me if I sound as though I feel that our two local MLA's really don't care all that much at times. Don Scott has his law firm to go back to. Mike Allen has his business to return to....or possibly his ladies.
I'm sure that our health care professionals here so the best with what they have to work with. Now, if our MLA tries to convince me that things will actually improve inspite of a 9% budget cut, well, I have a nice shiny $3 bill for him.