Drug lobbyist resigns from health committee

‘A “deliberate attempt to mislead Albertans" says NDP leader.’

A member of the Alberta government’s health advisory committee has resigned after the NDP revealed she was a lobbyist for U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

Patricia Bayne who has sat on previous government committees was listed only as a community member. NDP leader Brian Mason says having Bayne on a committee that advises the government on the Alberta Health Act was a conflict of interest and a “deliberate attempt to mislead Albertans.”

“They continue to push a health-care agenda that favours privatization even though Albertans have said time and again that they want a publicly delivered health-care system” says Mason.

The Conservatives admitted to knowing Bayne was a lobbyist for the drug company but insist her committee work wasn’t biased.