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MLA Petrovic appointed to role in Alberta Health Care

Chelsae Petrovic, UCP MLA for Livingstone-Macleod. Alberta government photo

Nicholas L. M. Allen

Mar 27, 2024

Chelsae Petrovic was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Health Workforce Engagement on March 21

In this position she will assist Adriana LaGrange as the province restructures its health-care system.

“I am thrilled to share with you all that I have been appointed as the Parliamen-tary Secretary for Health Workforce Engagement. Drawing from my 13 years of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse in rural Alberta, I am deeply honored to take on this role and advocate for frontline healthcare workers,” said Petrovic in a statement on March 21 posted to Facebook.

Prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Mrs. Petrovic served as the Mayor of Claresholm and a licensed practical nurse in acute care, emergency, and on Piikani First Nation.

“Our government has emphasized the pivotal role of frontline healthcare workers in our healthcare system’s refocusing from the onset. In my new capacity, I am committed to ensuring that this principle is not only upheld but actively put into practice,” said Petrovic.

Chelsae Petrovic was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Livingstone-Macleod on May 29, 2023.

“I am eager to collaborate with healthcare professionals across the province, engaging directly with those on the front lines to understand their needs and concerns. Together, we will work towards building a healthcare system that prioritizes the well-being of both patients and providers,” said Petrovic.

Petrovic has earlier been criticized for saying people who have heart failure should take accountability for their own health. The comments surfaced in April 2023, weeks before the constituency held its election, and were from a podcast in February.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve Albertans in this capacity, and I look forward to the important work ahead,” said Petrovic.

Premier Danielle Smith said Petrovic will play a “pivotal role” in the new position in a statement on March 21.

“I am confident her work will help lead to a stronger system,” said Smith.

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