EDMONTON – Authorized consultants say there’s a positive line between a public well being officer’s responsibility to the folks they serve and their responsibility to the politicians who appoint them.
The problem, effervescent in Alberta for months, broke right into a boil because the CBC obtained recordings that’s says present tensions between the province’s chief medical officer and authorities politicians.
Amir Attaran, who teaches in each the College of Ottawa’s legislation and public well being schools, says such officers have each the ability and duty to override politics in the event that they really feel that serves public well being.
He factors to an Ontario officer who closed bunkhouses for migrant farm staff over COVID-19 issues regardless of the objections of native farmers — a call later upheld within the courts.
Lorian Hardcastle, a College of Calgary legislation professor who additionally teaches within the medical school, says Alberta’s United Conservative authorities has intentionally muddied the waters between science and politics.
She says the federal government has used its Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. ena Hinshaw to ship recommendation as if it have been completely science-based, when it’s not.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 26, 2020.