EDMONTON — Raj Sherman, the politician who made sweeping allegations of corruption in Alberta’s health system, says he won’t back them up.
Sherman told reporters that until the government promises full immunity from punishment for his sources, he won’t table the documents that prove his statements.
The Independent legislature member, who is also an emergency room doctor, also made a similar statement in the legislature.
He made headlines on Monday when he said in the house that more than 200 people died on a surgery waiting list, that government officials bribed and punished doctors to keep it quiet, and committed fraud by keeping two sets of books to cover it up.
Sherman also named two Alberta health officials as being responsible, but declined comment when asked by reporters if he will now apologize to them.
Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky says he can’t find any evidence to back up Sherman’s allegations, and says all health employees are already promised freedom from punishment in their staff agreements.