Back in June, Public Eye reported then Health Planning and Services Minister Colin Hansen's crack ministerial assistant Kim Chan was leaving the Rockpile to become a government communications consultant. Nothing too special about that. But here's the interesting part: according to the lobbyist registry, six months later the former political aide started doing government relations work for the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia & Yukon - organizations that will benefit mightly from her extensive insider knowledge of the Province's health bureaucracy. If she was a cabinet minister she'd be in big trouble. Those who leave the executive council to take a job in the private sector are forbidden from lobbying or taking part in a government contract for two years. But, thankfully for Ms. Chan, no such rules currently exist for bureaucrats or political staffers.
February 10, 2005