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