November 26, 2021
-The Western Standard
A day after a Calgary doctor’s office was raided by inspectors with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), Calgary constitutional lawyers are speaking out.
“The rule of law has broken down, and due process has failed,” said staff lawyer Eva Chipiuk,, of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).
On Thursday, Dr. Daniel Botha, a family physician who’s been in practice in Calgary for more than 25 years, saw his office raided by CPSA inspectors claiming they were there to make sure Botha was in compliance with any medical or mask exemptions he’d administered to his patients.
“Agents of governing bodies have taken the law into their own hands and have now become the police, the judge, jury and executioner,” said Chipiuk.
The Western Standard contacted the CPSA for comment and was provided with a blanket statement alluding to part 3.1 of the Health Professions Act (HPA) that says the “CPSA has the authority to conduct unannounced on-site clinic inspections to confirm that physicians adhere to our Standards of Practice.”