SPIN NO. 1 – EDDIE SHACK … PREMIER'S COUNCIL … REGIS PHILBIN



Dr. Gary McPherson

In six years as a council member we didn’t have one interaction with the premier’s office.

In fact, when Rachel Notley was premier, I mentioned I was on the council.

She genuinely looked surprised. “I didn’t know I had that,” she said.

I found it curious assistant deputy ministers and even ministers read — word for word and always rushed — statements that were somewhat patronizing and repeated the same message about inclusion of Albertans with disabilities.

I was surprised they shared very little time asking and listening to the council on what was being heard in communities.

I searched Hansard from 1988. The cost of the council’s first year of operation was $678,000.

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Published by Cam Tait

Background shareclose email Gary McPherson: pioneer for people with disabilities, visionary, executive, family man and everybody’s friend. Gary’s voice was a strong advocate of reason and negotiability. When Gary passed away in 2010, few people carried his vision on. Sadly, we see it today: people with disabilities are being overlooked and not being heard. Gary was a dear friend of mine who opened many doors for me since 1979. This site is now dedicated to Gary’s legacy. I am going to try — in my own voice — to carry on his legacy. But nobody did things like Gary. I miss you every day, my friend .

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