EDMONTON - The NDP says a leaked document shows the Alberta
government is quietly reducing long-term care even though the waiting
list for these beds has tripled.


The New Democrats say seniors
who need a high level of care will end up in crowded hospitals because
nursing care costs extra in assisted living facilities.


Leader Brian Mason says the government is planning to increase fees for
assisted living to make it more attractive for developers, but more
costly for seniors.


Mason says the leaked planning document
flies in the face of a promise that Premier Ed Stelmach made to
increase long-term care beds.

Mason calls this the worst deception he's seen in his two decades as a politician, adding that seniors are being used as pawns.

says Stelmach's Tory government tried to hide this plan by offering
mainly blank documents when he made a freedom of information request.