Some politicians are devoid of ethical sense and believe taxpayer funds are theirs to spend for any purpose. BC Liberals have directed Vancouver Coastal Health and other agencies to promote sitting government members at every opportunity. An Example:
It is not appropriate for public health agencies and their press officers to be involved in partisan promotion. In this otherwise acceptable press release describing student videos dealing with impaired driving, four uninvolved Liberal MLA’s are quoted for no reason other than to associate their names with a program of community agencies. Ironically, non-profit groups have lost assistance from government gambling funds causing significant program cut-backs.
To add another strange note, Jane Thornthwaite, one of the Liberal MLAs named in the press release is awaiting trial on a drunk-driving charge. Following apprehension in an RCMP roadblock after partying during public business, she said:
“My actions were inexcusable. Drinking and driving is dangerous and completely unacceptable; I know that and make no excuses for what I did.
“I apologize to my family, my friends, my colleagues, and especially my constituents who put their faith in me. I failed to meet the standards I set for myself as a mother and as a public official.”
After reflecting on the consequences, Thornthwaite decided her actions were not so inexcusable. She hired a lawyer to fight the charge and entered a plea of not guilty.
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