Here’s an excerpt from the Vancouver Sun that ran Nov 22nd about the hiring of the husband of the minister of corporate priorities by the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), and the link to the full story:
“VIHA president Howard Waldner, in an interview from Toronto, said he never placed an advertisement for the interim job: “I wouldn’t call it a mistake. In hindsight, perhaps we could have put an advert out. And someone might say we should have put an advert out.” “
Two days later (Nov 24) a story appears in the Victoria Times-Colonist on the same subject and written by the same reporter, Rob Shaw. However, this second story appears to contradict the Vancouver Sun story of Nov 22.
“Waldner admitted he made a mistake in approving the Muir contract. VIHA’s board is not looking for Waldner’s resignation.
“Howard has our full confidence,” said Hubbard*. “Howard’s leadership is very strong. People make mistakes. He’s human.”
*[Don Hubbard, chairman of VIHA’s board of directors]…
The first story exposes, with a direct quote, VIHA’s Waldner as an arrogant person who has not admitted any mistake was made, and who does not seem to believe he has to play by the rules.
However, the later Times-Colonist story presents a much more contrite view of Waldner stating that he admitted his “mistake”.
Really? Where’s the quote or even some attribution of the “fact” that Waldner admitted it to be a mistake? And mistake my foot. Health authorities damn well know the rules, it’s not rocket science.
This looks to me like the media is helping to make Waldner look contrite so that VIHA can avoid being pressured into firing Waldner.
It’s such a disappointment to see the media play these games helping government to white wash matters. And most people won’t even know that they’ve been hoodwinked into thinking that Waldner is contrite.