Province targets big tobacco

The Alberta government introduced a bill to the legislature yesterdaythat could pave the way for the recovery of costs from what theprovince refers to as, “wrongful acts of tobacco manufacturers.”

The Alberta government introduced a bill to the legislature yesterday that could pave the way for the recovery of costs from what the province refers to as, “wrongful acts of tobacco manufacturers.”

The Crown’s Right of Recovery Act, Bill 48, is set to enhance the province’s ability to collect costs resulting from wrongful acts or omissions.

“Albertans should not be responsible for health costs caused by the wrongful acts or omissions of others,” said Health and Wellness Minister Ron Liepert.

“If passed, this legislation will help us recover these costs, which will benefit Albertans.”

Current legislation allowed the province to recover health care costs from negligence, such as medical malpractice or slips and falls, and the proposed legislation allows them to expand the authority to recover costs.

 
 
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