Saturday, March 11, 2017

This Day Clarkland...The Dean Writes (Yet) Another Column About The Ombudsperson's Investigation.

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The good Mr. Palmer has written yet another column about the Ombudsperson's (non-public) inquiry into the health care worker firings at the hands of the Clarklandians in which he (i.e. the Dean) kinda/sorta calls for the good Mr. Chalke to get his report on the matter into the public's hands before the election despite the following:

...(T)here’s no obvious precedent for the speaker to act on a report once the house has been dissolved and all the seats vacated for an election. That happens April 11, with the issuance of the writ for the May 9 vote.

So in practical terms Chalke has about a month to wrap up the investigation, settle any concerns about his findings and deliver the report to Speaker Linda Reid, lest it be at risk of languishing in her inbox pending the outcome of the campaign...



Ya.

Sure.

But, even if Mr. Chalke's report is released by the question period-quashing Ms. Reid before May 9th, what, exactly, will it contain?

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Now.

Before you consider the answer to the question above, not to mention the whole release date thing, just remember the following...

The Dean had a whole lot of personal skin in this public inquiry-killing game before the game even began.

Case in point, here is what the good Mr. Palmer wrote back in June of 2015, almost two years (yes, years!) ago when he told us how having Mr. Chalke investigate, public inquiry-free, was the way to go:

...The ombudsman, as noted here Thursday, has all the powers needed to get to the bottom things: summon witnesses, take testimony under oath, seek documents and so forth. The office is independent of government and reports directly to the legislature. And if past practice is any guide, an independent officer of the legislature can get the answers in a matter of months if not weeks, unlike public inquiries, which can drag on for years...


Of course, none of the above was mentioned in yesterday's column by Mr. Palmer.

And fine folks like Ron Obvious keep insisting that it is all the public's fault for just not 'getting it'.

Sheesh.



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Tip O' The Toque to an Anon-O-Mouse for sending me back into the archives for the link above based on their comment in the thread to the last post...It's the kind of thing that  BC Mary would have been most happy to see...
SubHeader?....Weird how posts about the shortcomings of the local puffed-up punditry invariably lead to references to old Joe Jackson tunes.



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9 comments:

Norm Farrell said...

Jay Chalke is independent of government kind of like our 21 year cat is independent of the family. Yes, our feline friend Schrodinger depends on us for food, shelter and companionship but he is in fact independent. He can leave anytime. He just chooses to stay and enjoy the food, the stroking and the warm place that works perfectly for naps.

Lew said...

Norm, that's much like the independence of the local media herd. Including Mr. Palmer.

Anonymous said...

When you consider the time frame and smoke and mirrors surrounding this issue, it brings to mind this from Tom Waits;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMqxNPsfN50

Scotty on Denman said...

New BC Liberal product placement: "trap-doorless Independs---also available in anti-bullying pink!"

Anonymous said...

Brown Trumps Palmer?

https://twitter.com/INTEGRITYBC/status/841103039612174336

Anonymous said...

Two views of drug reviews - which some say is at the heart of this bloody thing.

Therapeutics Initiative is out of mainstream
- by Dr. David Miller, Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/david-miller-therapeutics-initiative-is-out-of-mainstream-1.10922943

Therapeutics Initiative provides valuable service
- by Dr. Edwin E. Daniel, Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/letters/therapeutics-initiative-provides-valuable-service-1.11135515

Anonymous said...

video

https://twitter.com/BC411_/status/841415420267659264

West End Bob said...

Just checkin' in today to wish you a Happy 4th Anniversary, RossK! It appears you are still doin' OK givin' it up . . . .

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