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City councillor recalls intimidating conversation with Health Minister

Last Updated Sep 21, 2020 at 11:36 pm MDT

Ward 13 Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart at an event in Calgary in January, 2020. (CREDIT: Diane Colley-Urquhart, Facebook)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgary councillor said she had a confrontational conversation with the health minister last week on the topic of EMS dispatching.

Ward 13’s Diane Colley-Urquhart told council Monday she phoned the minister to discuss the issue but felt that Tyler Shandro was being intimidating and tried to “put her in her place.”

Colley-Urquhart said when media reached out to Shandro for a response, she found his statement was incorrect.

“His office replied and they thought it was a normal conversation. That’s not normal.”

In a statement sent to 660 NEWS, the office of the health minister said the conversation between the two was normal and not intimidating.

“It was not confrontational beyond the fact they disagree,” the statement reads. “Minister Shandro offered her the chance to make her case and she did so, as politicians do every day. It’s not ‘dismissive’ to respectfully disagree.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he was taken aback by the conversation and said it was inappropriate for Shandro to respond that way.

“I apologize that you had to go through that,” Nenshi told Colley-Urquhart. “It is not appropriate for a minister of the crown or any policing to intimidate.”

City Council has vowed to fight the provincial government over a decision to consolidate all EMS dispatching services to three centres run by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

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Currently, local EMS dispatching is run by the City of Calgary.