Earlier, Public Eye reported rumours that responsibility for the public service agency (in-charge of human resources across government) would be moved from labour and citizens' service to another ministry. Today, Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer confirmed the transfer. According to Mr. Palmer, "Critics said that created a conflict of interest. You'd have the minister of labour, supposedly the neutral arbiter of employee-employer relations, also serving as cabinet representative for the government as employer. Labour Minister Mike de Jong conceded the problem in an interview Wednesday...during an interview on Voice of B.C. on Shaw TV...Where was the agency headed next? 'Possibly finance,' he said. 'We're still looking at what the best fit is.'
July 1, 2005