Liberal house leader Laurie Blakeman has slammed the
prevailing strategy to combat sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis in
the Canadian province of Alberta.
Alberta has the highest rate of syphilis in the country, with some five babies dying from the disease, while nine others contracted the disease perinatally.
"How could we, in the third millennium, be dealing with the levels of syphilis that are out there in this province with this amount of money?" Blakeman asked. "This province doesn't know what to do with health so they keep shifting everything around hoping it will all work and this time out, I think they've impaired the ability of the public-health section to do their job."