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Sherman calls Alberta queue jumping inquiry a 'joke'

Alberta Liberal Party leader Raj Sherman speaks to the media on the final day of the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, AB, on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

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EDMONTON - Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman calls the inquiry into queue jumping a "joke and a sham" following intense questioning Thursday.

Sherman was grilled by the commission council at the inquiry for over three hours -- and at times the ER doc became emotional.

He said he doesn't mind the tough questions, but he wondered Friday why other witnesses -- including Lynn Redford and former Alberta Health Services boss Stephen Duckett -- were not pushed as hard as he was.

"I was subpoenaed as a witness. I felt like I was the guilty person in all this," he said, pointing out that Duckett was the one who wrote the memo which ultimately launched the inquiry.

"Dr. Duckett raised these allegations, and even he wasn't asked the tough questions."

Sherman also testified Thursday that he has written prescriptions and assessed politicians that stopped by his legislature office.

He denies that this is queue jumping, instead telling the inquiry panel that it was "professional courtesy."

Friday the Liberal leader says if he's going to be roasted for treating MLAs, then they should be just as much fault for asking him to do so.

"The allegations are that I helped MLAs to jump the queue. Well if they allow me to mention names, I will give them names of MLAs and cabinet ministers who requested care," he argued.

"But there is no protection of mentioning names."

Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason defended Sherman Thursday, and agreed that the inquiry was pointless.

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