(Justice Minister Mickey Amery. PHOTO BY DAVID BLOOM /Postmedia, file)

by Matthew Black

Calgary Herald

November 3, 2023

The Alberta government is taking away decision-making powers from medical officers on widespread public health measures during future emergencies and giving it to politicians, according to new legislation that overhauls part of the province’s Public Health Act.

Bill 6, the Public Health Amendment Act, was tabled in the legislature Thursday afternoon by Justice Minister Mickey Amery.

If passed, it would amend Section 29 of the Public Health Act so that during declared states of public health emergency cabinet would have discretionary authority to make the final decisions on public health orders regarding all persons or groups of persons, including groups of individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools.

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