Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 10, 2014 13:46 ET

CUPE Nova Scotia says new spending scandal at Alberta Superboard should be red flag for McNeil

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - April 10, 2014) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says new figures out of Alberta that show the health care superboard there is spending more than $460,000 dollars a day on consultants should be a red flag for the McNeil government.

"The Opposition party in Alberta uncovered documents that show they billed taxpayers for consultants on everything from computer programming to art advice. The superboard used more 500 consulting contracts over an 18-month period," says Cavanagh.

"This week we learned that senior staff in the Department of Health and Wellness still do not have a figure for how much the DHA restructuring will cost. During the provincial election campaign, the Liberals and the Tories seemed to have wildly differing figures for what the cost-savings might be from such a move. The Liberals said their changes would save about $10 million in administrative costs per year, while the Conservatives said theirs would save up to $75 million. That's a $65 million difference," says Cavanagh.

"We have absolutely no confidence that this government knows what they are getting themselves into with yet another, disruptive restructuring of our health care system," says Cavanagh.

Contact Information

  • Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE NS President
    (902) 957-0822 (Cell)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Representative
    (902) 880-8057 (Cell)