RCMP look into NDP queue jumping complaint
RCMP Commercial crime investigators are looking into allegations of queue jumping in the Alberta health care system.
NDP leader Brian Mason filed a complaint last week, after former Alberta Health Service CEO Stephen Duckett suggested Tory politicians allowed family and friends to get preferential treatment.
"It has been reviewed and the matter has been referred to our Edmonton commercial crime section which is going to look into it further to see what further steps are needed," said Sgt. Tim Taniguchi.
Mason said he's pleased his complaint is moving forward.
"I believe that if politicians abused their power to bump themselves, their friends or family up in health queues, it may be a criminal matter warranting police investigation," said Mason Wednesday.
"Two documents we’ve released in the past week seem to show that queue jumping may have been a common practice in our health care system."
Both Premier Ed Stelmach and Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky have dismissed Duckett's allegations.