Overview

The Public Health Emergencies Governance Review Panel will review the legislation that guided Alberta’s response to COVID-19 and recommend changes to improve the handling of future public health emergencies for Albertans.

Experts and members of the public are invited to share their input on what amendments to legislation could better equip the province to cope with future public health emergencies.

This work will help ensure government has the best possible approach to responding to public health emergencies while minimizing unintended harms to the economy, health, mental and social well-being, and civil liberties of Albertans.

Timeline

  • Open

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Executive Council

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Share your ideas with the panel on what amendments to legislation could better equip the province to cope with future public health emergencies.

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Panel mandate

The Public Health Emergencies Governance Review Panel will examine:

  • whether there are ways in which the government should amend legislation to improve:
    • the quality and breadth of the medical advice used in responding to future public health emergencies
    • communications with the public during such emergencies
  • whether there are more effective ways to implement health protection measures in response to a public health emergency while:
    • limiting negative impacts on the health, mental and social well-being, and civil liberties of Albertans
    • avoiding negative impacts to the economy

In conducting the review, the panel will look at various aspects of responses to public health emergencies, including:

  • general public health and health information
  • mental health and wellness
  • child and student health, mental health and education
  • health professionals’ practice standards
  • effective implementation of emergency measures
  • protection of rights and freedoms
  • economic and financial effects
  • employment standards

The panel will provide its:

  • interim report and recommendations to government by June 30, 2023.
  • final report and recommendations to government by November 15, 2023.

Read: Ministerial Order and Terms of Reference for the Public Health Emergencies Governance Review Panel (PDF, 186 KB)

Panel

Preston Manning (Chair)

Mr. Manning’s long record of public service includes work as the founder of both the Reform Party of Canada and later the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, as a Member of Parliament from Calgary Southwest from 1993-2001, and as the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition from 1997-2000.

In 2007, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and in 2013 was appointed to the Privy Council. After leaving Parliament in 2001, Mr. Manning founded and led 2 non-profit organizations, the Manning Foundation for Democratic Education and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.

He has written 5 books and continues to write, lecture and consult on subjects such as western Canadian populism, the natural resource sectors as fundamental building blocks of the Canadian economy, health care reform, alternative responses to public emergencies, and the application of science to public policy.

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Last updated: January 19, 2023