ALBERTA

Wildrose Promises All Hospitals Will Have 2 Hours Of Free Parking

04/21/2015 12:25 EDT | Updated 06/22/2015 05:59 EDT
Darko Ivanovic
CALGARY - The Wildrose says it would make it mandatory for all Alberta hospitals to offer two hours of free parking to visitors in hopes of easing their burden while visiting patients.

The party says Alberta Health Services currently generates more than $70 million in revenue from hospital visit parking fees.

It made 30 per cent, or more than $18 million in profits in 2013-14.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says his aim is to keep AHS from profiting from people in care.

He says it's a simple way to make life more affordable and less stressful.

"Visiting a sick family member or loved one in the hospital comes with a heavy emotional cost. We shouldn’t add financial costs to what is already a difficult time,” he said.

Jeans also said Tuesday that he would not reveal the experts who helped develop the party's fiscal plan.

Jean is promising that a Wildrose government would balance Alberta's budget by 2017 without raising taxes.

The Progressive Conservatives say that proposal would result in a $29-billion shortfall.

Premier Jim Prentice has challenged Wildrose to identify the fiscal experts who drafted the plan.

Jean says his advisers don't want to be publicly identified for fear of reprisal from the PC government.

He says it's the same as government staffers being asked to say who they were volunteering to work for during the election campaign.

(CFFR, The Canadian Press)

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