An unprecedented and overwhelming vote

July 29, 2020

Dr. Christine Molnar, AMA President

Dear Members:

The results of our referendum vote are in. There were 8,934 votes from physicians, residents and medical students across Alberta, which represents a voter turn-out of 67%. As for the results: 98% indicated they do NOT have confidence in the Minister. Over the past week, the confidence referendum was conducted with the same rigor as a contract ratification vote.

In everything we do, our goal is to reach a negotiated agreement with government, using arbitration if necessary. This referendum’s historic turn-out and overwhelming results send an unequivocal message: Physicians, resident physicians and medical students are telling the AMA Board to move on. We will be reaching out to Premier Jason Kenney and seeking his leadership and support in restoring a meaningful dialogue between physicians and the Minister.

Thank you for your support on this pivotal vote. The membership has spoken. The Board will act accordingly and we will see how our message is received.

In your service,

Christine P. Molnar, MD, FRCPC
President, Alberta Medical Association


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  • #1

    Dennis Forsey

    Member of the public

    2:09 PM on July 29, 2020

    I stand with all the Alberta Doctors ! Period !!!

  • #2

    Beverly Bell

    Other health care professional

    4:12 PM on July 29, 2020

    Dear Association
    You may have all voted about Mr Shandro, however isn’t it now time to stop all this?’
    Please come to the table and settle this!
    I have nothing but love and respect for EVERY Doc I have ever practiced with but enough is enough....
    Please settle this now. We are in a Pandemic!
    Thank You
    Beverly Bell

  • #3


    Member of the public

    11:26 PM on July 29, 2020

    Kenny and the ucp are scum bags! Get them out of office and get someone who cares about alberta and not just a paycheck.

  • #4

    Alberta Medical Association


    10:02 AM on July 30, 2020

    In response to Beverly Bell [comment #2]

    Hi Ms Bell

    Thanks so much for visiting our website and for your thoughtful comments. We don’t always engage with comments on the website, but we know that you are not the only Albertan feeling anxious about this unprecedented conflict in the middle of a pandemic. We are anxious too!

    We actually agree that it’s time to get to the table. The Minister terminated our agreement in February and we have tried ceaselessly to return to negotiations since then. We have tabled four solid proposals to deliver the budget that the minister has required. The Minister has refused to acknowledge them or indicate why he’s unwilling to take our “Yes!” to his budget for an answer.

    We are now asking the premier to use his good offices to see if he can facilitate a return to formal discussions. We still believe there is a way forward and that there are important things on which physicians and government agree:

    • That we need to build a respectful and effective relationship between government and physicians.
    • That our main goal is to deliver to Albertans the services they need.
    • That especially in these challenging times, Alberta taxpayers need to be assured that they are receiving value for dollars. This includes managing the budget for physician services.

    We’ll keep working toward a solution.

    Thank you again for your note. All best wishes for this hot and sunny long weekend. Stay safe.

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