Donna Wilson is a Nursing professor at the University of Alberta who also works as a bedside hospital nurse. She helped to revive the Edmonton chapter of Friends of Medicare in the Ralph Klein cutbacks period. Wilson notes that FOM’s evidence influenced the recommendations of the Romanow Commission. The Progressive Conservative government responded to Romanow with a commission of its own that extolled healthcare privatization.
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