Jay Chalke Reports on the Health Firings

It’s not enough, in terms of asking why Rod MacIsaac (or any of the health researchers) was bullied and fired. But it’s enough to turf a government.

Jay Chalke’s report on the 4.5 year health firings scandal is out : read.. https://t.co/vIbJ5PrfPI .

Last summer I did a couple of spots on CanadianGlen’s radio podcast. The theme I tried to get across in regards to the Clark government is that no one is ever accountable. The theme I tried to get across with regard to ProMedia’s treatment of Clark government scandals is that the Minister is never responsible. Nobody ever resigns.  The Chalke report is a case in point in the former case…We will see as regards media coverage. Stay tuned.

Let’s accept for the purpose of argument that Chalke is right. Alanna James original complaint re contracting practices in government was overblown, and a botched investigation is the start and end of the health firings case. Let’s discard conspiracy theories about Big Pharma and Champix and researchers damaging the government agenda with uncomfortable findings re same.

There’s still plenty left to illustrate my point. Nobody in the Clark government pays the price when things go wrong, or if they do it’s only under extreme public pressure. None of the investigators who bullied the researchers and put them through kangaroo court has been fired. No Minister has taken the fall for misleading the Legislature, the public or the RCMP with regards to evidence being forwarded to the RCMP for potential charges vs the accused. These are serious wrongs which destroyed lives and careers and caused a suicide.

Everyone responsible is still standing, though the bus has driven decisively over Graham Whitmarsh… According to Chalke, Graham Whitmarsh is the bureaucrat who blew it (in consulation with John Dyble, Mike DeJong, Margaret MacDiarmid and the Premier’s Office, but no matter).

Vaughn Palmer is first out of the gate with a column outlining the political maneuvering after the fact as it all went wrong… http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-airing-facts-of-health-firings-scandal-uncovers-smell-as-well The last line says it all…But let’s be very clear that if Christy Clark had her way back in the fall of 2014, this airing of the facts never would have happened.”

If the purpose of the McNeill review was to “get to the bottom of it” as Clark stated at the time, that review was designed to fail. There was no testimony under oath.. From the beginning, those who bullied and obfuscated through all this have been protected. We still don’t know their names. Many are still employed in government, with promotions and lifelong benefits, because, you know.. mistakes happen.

Bullshit. Please also read Bob Mackin’s piece from the Breaker News https://t.co/VusKze7Z3p “Innocent workers had nightmares police would raid their homes in the middle of the night. MacIsaac couldn’t take the shame of losing his job and died of suicide. Evidence shows that, when his performance was reappraised, nobody called to tell him so. In hindsight, it could have kept him alive.”

Chalke recommends financial compensation to those victims who are still with us.  Linda Kayfish and other researchers are demanding something better. They want Christy Clark to hold people who did wrong accountable. They want Christy Clark to look them in the eye and apologize face to face.

It’s the least they deserve.

And the least we deserve as a public is to see the politicians who went along with this four year coverup to resign, but we won’t get that. We need instead to see them soundly defeated on May 9th. That’s Mike deJong, who was Health Minister at the genesis, and every BCLiberal MLA who sat like sheep while Terry Lake maintained the RCMP investigation fiction. Shame on all of them.

It’s time for a new government for many reasons. Don’t forget this case. Vote.

Updated – Rich Coleman – Strange Behaviour from Minister of Housing.

 

Update April 5, 2017

I haven’t had as much time for blogging as circumstances warrant lately, but I’d be truly remiss if I didn’t add links to this post from Bob Mackin and the Breaker News, as well as new information that at least one of these real estate deals involving BCHousing is the subject of an RCMP investigation…Click the following:

http://thebreaker.news/news/bc-liberal-pay-play-chinatown/

http://thebreaker.news/news/colemans-chief-staff-email/

http://thebreaker.news/news/4257/

Thanks to the work of Glen Chernen and the SouthVan Parks Society, we learn (only now) from the Vancouver Sun that the RCMP has been looking at this file since October 2016. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/rcmp-federal-unit-investigating-controversial-vancouver-land-swap

While an implication is safe from the fact no Special Prosecutor has been requested… (Coleman would seem to be in the clear)…the Minister of Housing’s Strange Behaviour when questioned makes more sense now..

The opposition NDP has been questioning land deals connected to the agency meant to support expansion of low income housing in BC, and whether high flying developer donors have been allowed to use BCHousing as a loan slush fund (my term).  Much more investigation is needed. I’ll link at the end of this post to three articles from Jen St. Denis and  MetroNews Vancouver. I urge you to read them.

This matters because Rich Coleman has behaved very strangely.. When questions arose in the Legislature, he blustered and bragged about the government record in expanding affordable housing. He said David Eby had his facts wrong. He promised documentation proving the deals involving Wall Financial Corp, Brenhill developments and market condo pre-sale specialist Bob Rennie actually enhanced the stock of low income housing…

$80 million loaned to these companies.  $80 million not reported in response to an opposition Freedom of Information Request. And as far as I can tell, there’s been no demonstrated increase in low income housing stock beyond what would have occurred if the developers had proceeded under existing Vancouver zoning laws without provincial help.

Coleman promised documents within a week…it actually took nearly two weeks, during which the Legislature shut down early without passing a number of priority bills. When documents came, they were provided to “some reporters” at a “not for attribution technical briefing” by BCHousing. Nobody at BC Housing would go on record…Coleman did not attend.

Coleman has been Minister of Housing for 15 odd years, carrying the file with him wherever he goes.

Add up what we know…Add the BC Auditor General’s report (find it in the linked articles) which says value for money has not been adequately guaranteed when BCH gets involved in low income housing financing and sales..And this stinks

It stinks enough for many more questions to be asked to find all the facts. We don’t have enough information on the table to be sure how dirty or clean these deals are, and for $80 million public dollars, we should have it all laid out , in court if necessary.

Read and share: I say share because I think people overestimate the reach of both small bloggers asking questions and a small news outlet like MetroNews. This should be an election issue.. Coleman should be asked to back up his statements at every debate and presser. And all the documents (not a selection) should be released to the NDP rather than “a few journalists” at a very strange meeting.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2017/03/30/developers-low-interest-loan-from-bc-housing.html

http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2017/03/30/social-housing-selloff-under-fire-from-auditor-general.html

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/dollar1500-for-500-square-feet-vancouver%e2%80%99s-shockingly-high-%e2%80%98affordable%e2%80%99-rents/ar-BBz7qWY?li=AA54rW&ocid=spartandhp

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to imply specific wrongdoing by any individual or entity. It’s meant to further the ends of public accountability regarding public dollars in large amounts. If anyone has facts to add, send links and I will update or provide a new post to include those.