The BC Liberal Minister of Everything is in damage control mode while the boss travels the province looking for bridges, lakes and mountains to re-name and his other political colleagues spend the morning at CKNW, learning how calls are screened – a skill some may need after February 26th.
Last year, authorities discovered that two unqualified radiologists were working in the system, analyzing thousands of diagnostic and obstetrical scans. Although people in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities have been aware of the situation for months, Mini-Me says the he knew nothing about it until last week. Like HST, the issue was simply not on his radar screen before it became public. According to Hansen, they now may have to find other ways of solving the shortage of skilled health technicians.
BTW, to refresh the memory about Hansen’s veracity, read Charlie Smith at The Georgia Straight. Excerpt:
His credibility took a beating in many British Columbians’ eyes this week when a six-page document was released to the media. It showed that he had been briefed on the HST in March.
Earlier this week, I wrote a post offering three possible explanations for Hansen’s “not on the radar screen” comment.
One, he was lying.
Two, he stored this memory in his nonconscious mind, so he’s not aware of this consciously.
Three, his memory is faulty. It wouldn’t be the first time a politician had erroneously recalled something.
But there is a fourth explanation, which I didn’t mention in the previous blog post.
It’s that Hansen never knew that there was a secret plot to introduce the HST after the election because his boss, Premier Gordon Campbell, never told him about it.