Sunday, April 16, 2017

6) Re: O'Neill resigns as president of PC party" Edmonton Journal, April 8, 2017. She said "failing to listen to grassroots members and Albertans in general played a large role in the PC's 2015 election loss". Take note your are amazingly guilty of this. Those who ignore the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them. You are well on your way in this regard. Perhaps in 2019 when you will lose the election there may well be a news release from you saying exactly the same thing or perhaps " Notley resigns as leader of the NDP saying perhaps a new leader may be necessary to regenerate the party". Does not matter you were given a golden opportunity and you wasted it. I believe you will then be relegated to the political wasteland for many years to come. Sarah Hoffman has ambitions in this direction. Watch out.



The problems of inaction by the GOA in the continuing care system with the decisions to underfund, undersupervise and generally neglect seniors' issues --won't be solved by the NDP folks. Nor will it be solved by the Wildrose. In fact, all political parties have decided to leave seniors to their fate in the private sector and public sector continuing care facilities. What will change this poor decision making by political parties is the political action of families. One family can't change the world. Two families can't change the world. But when families link up --family by family all over Canada and demand change in the continuing care system -when families initiate class action lawsuits--when families tell their stories of neglect, harm, abuse and fatality to the public then change is inevitable. We are at the place before the tipping point folks. Once we reach the tipping point of families and advocates speaking the world for our families in the continuing care system will change.
We will change it.

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Well this explains why I can't get information from the government of Alberta, AHS or really anyone ----the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta can't get the information either.

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Edward Redshaw Sent. by E-Mail to all MLA's and others.

See 2).

Dear Ministers of Government:

I don't know how many of you read or listen to the media. Perhaps you all avoid doing this except when you have had a photo opportunity and have the desire to see yourself on screen or in print. 

You all should pay attention to the news you might learn a great deal about the perilous positions you are all in. Only two years left to repent. 

Just thought I would bring a few points to your attention. These are going to cost you dearly at the ballot boxes.

1) One can always tell a great deal about a government through it's treatment of the elderly. In this regard your Health Minister has cast a dark shadow over you all. The residents in the Long-Term Care Centres are paying dearly for her ineptitude. They do not deserve to be treated as discardable, disposable liabilities not worthy of adequate funding.

2) Your total failure in regards to Access to Information. People have a right to access information not to be blocked by lengthy wait time and high costs but also on finally receiving information to discover that much of it has been blacked out without explanation. I personally can attest to this.

3) Lack of communication. The few responses I receive from your Constituency Offices always ask for my postal code so my communications can be forwarded to an appropriate person. The following has been my response because I sent this to you not some invisible person on your front lines.

"Your eyes will probably never peruse this correspondence. 
It will probably be regarded by your Front line staff (those still of human state or those of artificial intelligence (robots) as offensive to you. Perhaps some of your MLA's who cannot afford this luxury may actually read this. They, of course would never dare bring this to your attention. Many of them, as do many voters, probably have the same opinion as Paul Lucas ("Legislature policy bans drinking, eating on grounds". Edmonton Journal, April 4, 2017) "Our dealings with the provincial authorities have been autocratic".
This is a sad situation that you have created by erecting a cone of silence around yourselves isolating yourselves from voter communication".

"Thank you for your response. Appreciated. Now let me enlighten you.
For many years I have been publishing letters in the Edmonton Journal and sending correspondence to Premiers, Health Ministers, MLAs and so on in relation to their devastation of the Long-Term Care system and the vulnerable seniors therein. 
I never receive responses because front line guardians of politicians, like yourself, screen them from all the upsetting correspondence like mine. Why not give Honourable Shepherd my correspondence and let him respond to it himself? Or can't he?
Your objective is to forward me to my MLA Honourable Richard Feehan who then is supposed to address my concerns. Well he is well aware of my concerns and has tried to get answers from the Health Minister and was ignored like all of us. 
Failure to connect directly with the voters, as a result of front line people like yourself, is a major reason why your political masters have lost credibility and will badly lose the next election.

A word to the wise. Talk with your people about this. You should all stop doing this to people like me. We elected the politicians they should be accessible to us not hiding behind you."

4) Why is it so difficult for you to answers questions? Is it because you are terrified of saying something that might upset your political masters? Is it because you are illiterate about your responsibilities? You tell me!!

5) Climate Change/Carbon Tax. These are going to cost you big time. So much money spent on the Climate Change issue. The fanatics are thriving. We are being depleted. Edmonton Journal, April 11, 2017. "Carbon tax requires trust in government". I would say that having trust and government in the same sentence is a classic example of an oxymoron. I believe that our citizens have long ago lost trust in governments and yours is no exception. 
There is now fierce, no holds bared, fighting in the NDP, Progressive Conservative and Wildrose political trenches. The Liberals are watching all of this. With an upcoming new leader can they convince the voters that you are all as bad as each other and come roaring up the Centre? Time will tell.

6) Re: O'Neill resigns as president of PC party" Edmonton Journal, April 8, 2017. She said "failing to listen to grassroots members and Albertans in general played a large role in the PC's 2015 election loss". Take note your are amazingly guilty of this. Those who ignore the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them. You are well on your way in this regard.

Perhaps in 2019 when you will lose the election there may well be a news release from you saying exactly the same thing or perhaps " Notley resigns as leader of the NDP saying perhaps a new leader may be necessary to regenerate the party". Does not matter you were given a golden opportunity and you wasted it. I believe you will then be relegated to the political wasteland for many years to come. Sarah Hoffman has ambitions in this direction. Watch out.

A few words to the wise are usually sufficient. Take Heed.

Now who is going to be brave and respond to show me the error of my ways?

Dr. Edward S. Redshaw.
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Julie Ali I agree with these points. Unfortunately the party in power never heeds the lessons of history because they think they will be in power forever. The major problems that the NDP inherited from the PCs should not impede them from solving these problems and the ongoing problems that are present in the continuing care system. The failure to address the problems in the continuing care system seem to boil down to a decision to isolate these problems for the private sector providers to deal with. I don't see how giving the problems of seniors to the private sector (for the most part) should absolve government from oversight, funding and regulating of the industry but this appears to be the path chosen by Alberta and other provinces. This situation will not change. It seems that all the political parties aren't interested in seniors. What will change the stance of all political parties will be when the families of the seniors raise these issues with their elected officials at all levels and ask for change. It's troubling that families are for the most part-staying silent and only a few are risking retribution to speak. It's also troubling that in response to the activism of these few families we still have no action from the so called peoples' party in Alberta. What we have is a sorry story of inaction, indifference and ongoing apathy. Very sad.
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