Alberta to introduce bills to crack down on impaired driving, set election dates

Alberta plans to give its health quality council some power to hold an independent inquiry into problems in the system, including the intimidation of physicians.

EDMONTON — Alberta plans to give its health quality council some power to hold an independent inquiry into problems in the system, including the intimidation of physicians.

But Government House Leader Dave Hancock says it will still be up to cabinet to decide whether to call such a probe.

The main opposition parties have been calling on Premier Alison Redford to make good on her promise to hold an independent judicial inquiry into health care.

Hancock says other legislation to be introduced during the fall legislative sitting include a bill to crack down on impaired driving.

The government says it also plans to make Alberta’s children’s advocate more independent and establish fixed election dates.

The fall sitting of the legislature is to resume Monday.