By Letter to the Editor on April 12, 2019.
In 2015, then-premier Jim Prentice cancelled the expansion of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Too expensive. On Rachel Notley becoming premier she went ahead with the $1.2 billion project.
Dan Holinda, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society in Alberta said, “This government in a very short period of time reached out to us, they sat us down, we brought the evidence, they listened and in a very short period of time – we’re talking days – came out with this decision.” John Osler, who represents a group dubbed Concerned Citizens for a new Calgary Cancer Centre that had lobbied for the Foothills site, said the NDP government’s approach was a “breath of fresh air” compared to the PCs.
The project is on time and on budget. In 2023 when the Tom Baker expansion is due to open we will have a state-of-the-art cancer centre attracting docs, oncologists and cancer research specialists from the best in the world.
The UPC as it is now would have saved $1.2 billion and maybe they would put up a nice piece of marble, they could inscribe it with their manifesto,
“He who dies with the most toys wins.”
(The writer is a board member of the local Friends of Medicare chapter.)
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