On Tuesday, I wrote about Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP campaign rally at Lethbridge’s Chinook Regional Hospital last Saturday. The event clearly violated Alberta Health Services rules against staging partisan events at AHS facilities.Notley stood in front of New Democrat campaign posters and indulged in a lengthy diatribe against the UCP and its leader Jason Kenney.There was no public purpose to the event; no announcement of funds for the hospital, no ribbon-cutting of a new MRI machine. Nothing of the sort. Just a campaign speech masquerading as a government announcement.Behind the premier were 11 health care workers, mostly nurses, who I described as NDP supporters.Whoa, Lorne. Not so fast.Turns out at least two of the nurses felt duped and “used” — by their union and by the premier — to make it appear as though ordinary frontline workers back the New Dems.Alberta Health Services seems to feel misled into permitting its hospital to be used for an NDP drive-by smearing of the UCP, too.On Tuesday, AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu said in a letter to UCP House Leader Jason Nixon that AHS “had understood that a health care announcement was to be made at the site,” not a campaign rally.As Nixon points out, who asked to use the hospital is as important as the fact that that person misrepresented the event as a public one rather than a partisan one.Not only have the NDP violated AHS ethics rules; if a staff member in the premier’s office or some other minister’s office arranged this partisan event, then the government is also guilty of violating the legislature’s code of conduct that forbids employees in cabinet offices from engaging in political organizing.Ministers’ staffers work on campaigns all the time, but only while on leaves of absence from their cabinet jobs. In a few days or weeks, when Notley finally announces the spring election, there will be a flood of NDP and UCP staffers out the doors and onto the campaign buses, but only after they have temporarily stepped away from their taxpayer-funded jobs at the legislature.However, if the staffer who arranged Saturday’s NDP event in Lethbridge was still on the public payroll, that’s an ethical breach at least as significant as using a hospital for partisan ends.But back to the nurses who were present.At least two of them told the online news site LethbridgeNewsNow that they were led to believe this was a government announcement and not an NDP campaign stop. Had they known the truth, they never would have participated. One thought about leaving mid-event but decided that would be too rude.Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the nurses admitted, “There is one word that describes how I feel about that event — USED!”It’s also obvious the United Nurses of Alberta local at the hospital wasn’t entirely upfront about the nature of event, either, when on Friday it encouraged its members to attend.“Our Premier will be giving a press conference in the Atrium at 3:00 p.m. (Saturday) about the need to save frontline health care jobs,” read an email from the local union representative. “Whatever your personal political beliefs … our premier is there to remind the public we are important.” So please come out and wear your scrubs and nurses I.D., the message concluded.Seems as if everyone behind this rally — the premier, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips (who was also present), the staffer who booked the location and the UNA rep. — all believe they were justified in concealing the event’s true nature because in their minds stopping Jason Kenney and the UCP is justified by any means necessary.