Stephanie Smith: nursing Alberta for thirty years – Part One

Anti-vaccine protest in front of Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton

Smith speculated that the provincial government was in denial about the risks and consequences of the pandemic. “It is tough when the top layers are in denial. It would cost too much politically and financially. It would represent them giving up control. They just can’t deal with the fact that somebody else’s idea contradicts their thoughts. So even if it’s a worse outcome, it has to be their way or the highway. I think that’s a political trap of any political party. You have to stay on brand or you’re out.”