Alberta Medical Association at odds with Elections Alberta over ads

The Alberta Medical Association is at odds with Alberta’s chief electoral officer over ads that call on people to speak up about health care.

The Alberta Medical Association is at odds with Alberta’s chief electoral officer over ads that call on people to speak up about health care.

The physician’s group placed the ads in daily newspapers last month and plans to run more in the coming weeks. One ad said “Health care needs your voice” and the other asks “Just how sick is Alberta’s health care system”.

Brian Fjeldheim, Alberta’s chief electoral officer, has asked the AMA to stop running the ads, saying they could amount to third-party political advertising. The AMA responded to Fjeldheim in a letter saying the ads, which don’t mention the April 23 provincial election, are a legitimate expression of free speech.

Under Alberta law, groups found guilty of third-party advertising can be fined up to $100,000.

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