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UCP candidate suggests heart attack victims should take personal accountability

A United Conservative Party The candidates are suggesting that heart attack victims should take more personal accountability.


Chelsea PetrovicCandidates for UCP Livingstone-McLeodwho is also the current mayor claresholm And one nurse said she sees people suffering heart attacks and not taking responsibility for their own health.

“It could be political suicide here, is what I’m going to say,” she began her comments. During an interview with The Canadian Story podcast in FebruaryHosted by David Parker and Zack Gerbe.

“We can see it and I see it in health care, I’m going to say this: The reason you might have a heart attack is because you haven’t taken care of yourself; You’re overweight, you haven’t managed your heart failure, you haven’t managed your diabetes, and there’s no personal accountability,” Petrovic said.

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“But they come into the hospital and it’s suddenly everyone’s problem but their own.”

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Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt said that while he agrees that personal choices can lead to health risks, he calls Petrovic’s comments deaf.

“Any time a candidate on the eve of an election starts saying this could be political suicide, that should be a sign that you should stop talking — but he continues,” Bratt said.

“What she is saying is correct: there are risky activities that people do that have an impact on our health care system, but who gets to decide what behaviors are acceptable and what are not?”

She added that Petrovic doesn’t really suggest any specific health policies and wondered what specific health policy changes she would like to see.

“Needed [health-care providers] Say, ‘yes you had a heart attack, but you are fat so we are not going to treat you’? or ‘It’s your fault’? or ‘We’re going to bill you extra?'”

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In a statement to Global News, Petrović acknowledged that her language may have been offensive, but does not apologize for it.

“This comment was taken out of context. I have been speaking for several minutes about the challenges our health care system is currently facing, not only as Mayor of Claresholm, but as a frontline nurse In,” read his statement.

“I understand that my comments may have been offensive when extrapolated from a long interview, and I should have chosen better language. I believe that we should be a province that is not only focused on reactive health for those in need. but also a province that teaches our children to lead healthy lives, which includes taking care of our physical and mental health.

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Brat says we’ve seen arguments like this a few years ago and it didn’t go well.

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“It was a debate whether Albertans were marginalized during the fight over COVID vaccinations, and whether those people caught COVID [then] Going to the ICU should be a treatment or not, and for even thinking about it, it was strongly condemned,” Bratt said.

“I guess, it’s the same thing. Are you going to say, ‘Yeah, you had a heart attack, too bad, maybe you should have taken care of yourself?’

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The UCP has seen controversy in the past over controversial health comments.

Prior to becoming premier, Daniel Smith faced criticism for misinformation about cancer.

He falsely stated that people can control their cancer as long as it is before a stage 4 diagnosis.

Brian Jean, now Minister for Jobs, Economy and Northern Development, was one of many who called out Smith for his cancer remarks.

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In March, Tory Tanner, who was the UCP candidate for Lethbridge-West, resigned after she posted a video of herself alleging that kindergarten teachers were showing children pornographic material without parental consent or knowledge. were helping children without gender identity change.

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The party distanced itself from Tanner’s claims and condemned his views.

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