Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
February 9, 2009
Alberta Masxkenzie CWL leaders take issue of concern to Alta. Gov't
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
EDMONTON — Alberta Mackenzie Catholic Women’s League leaders have taken their views to the Alberta government.
President Donna Prevost led the delegation that met with Premier Ed Stelmach and Health Minister Ron Liepert on Dec. 3. Accompanying Prevost were President-elect Fran Lucas and Stella Weber, chair of the CWL resolutions committee.
With Stelmach, the women raised issues such as human trafficking during the 2010 Olympics, end-of-life care, and the environment regarding pollution levels and toxic chemicals.
Stelmach said he would speak with the federal officials to see what they will do to prevent human trafficking.
On sanctity of life, he said that there are seven private clinics in Alberta and these are under federal health legislation and this matter of clinics has been discussed with medical people.
In regard to toxic chemicals, he did not know the details that the CWL was questioning (national resolutions passed in 2008) but will look into it and send information.
During the meeting with Health Minister Ron Liepert, he would not discuss de-insuring of abortions as he felt it opens up the other issue (abortions on demand).
On the topics of end-of-life care and proper burial of human remains, he could not answer the questions that were asked, but promised to do research and respond.
In regards to Alberta Health and Services Board, he explained the purpose and function of the board, how doctors and health caregivers will have input in the management level of the structure and more.
The CWL representatives said that they felt Stelmach and Liepert were welcoming, open to listening and discussing concerns. They hope to make these meetings an annual event with the Alberta government.
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