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A union of Alberta health-care professionals is accusing the UCP of planning to bring in a two-tier U.S.-style health-care system if elected.“Kenney isn’t being open with the public about his for-profit ideology, but chooses to focus on distractions,” said Health Sciences Association of Alberta president Mike Parker in a statement Tuesday.He pointed to a 2018 UCP policy declaration that said the Alberta government should “give Albertans the choice of privately-funded, privately-delivered health services to address excessive wait times and to make the publicly-funded system more accountable.”Last week, Kenney announced that a UCP government would conduct a performance review of Alberta Health Services within 30 days of taking office “to get more bang for the taxpayers’ buck.”He also promised to maintain or increase health spending and maintain a universally accessible, publicly-funded health-care system. He signed a health guarantee on a giant bristol board at the announcement.Parker said his association, which represents more than 26,000 paramedical technical, professional and general support employees, launched a campaign last year to make health care an election issue.“Voting for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk,” he said.Province to release fiscal update Finance Minister Joe Ceci is slated to release a fiscal update Wednesday that will include the latest economic forecast following a volatile oil differential last fall. “In the first part of the year, the natural resources were up over budget, and that’s good news,” Ceci told reporters Tuesday.The second-quarter financials released in November projected a $1.3-billion reduction in the provincial deficit, totalling $7.5 billion for 2018-19. Ceci said the province is on track to balance the budget in 2023-24.UCP Leader Jason Kenney said Tuesday that the NDP’s fiscal plan “is in complete shambles.”“Not only has the government shown no interest in getting back to a balanced budget, but there hasn’t even been a tiny hint of spending restraint,” he said.Ceci is holding a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.email@example.com/clareclancy