No matter how I spin it, the more I hear out of Ron Liepert, the less impressed I am with his "just do it" approach to health care policy. This first round tells us a lot, and I don't like any of it.
First of all, I don't like the lack of clarity that Liepert and his new lapdog bring to the picture - denials mostly.
"I emphasize this is all about the patients," board chair Ken Hughes said at a news conference in Calgary. "Obviously this is not an easy decision and it's not easy for the individuals and we respect that and thank them for their contribution to health care in Alberta."
Uh huh. Sure.
Among those not retained by the new board is Jack Davis, the high-profile president and CEO of the Calgary Health Region who earned $1.2 million in salary and benefits in 2007.
Well, Davis has been a thorn in the side of the PC's since day one. Mostly because he has taken steps that call the PC government out for their shameful neglect of Calgary's health system for the last 20 years. He's gone as far as to overspend his budget trying to close the gaps that 20 years of cuts, neglect and outright mismanagement inflicted on Calgary. That he isn't being retained isn't a surprise - those that are being retained are all from the rural boards - you can imagine just how well that's going to work out for Alberta's major centers.