More than two months after Athana Mentzelopoulos stepped down from the job, the Campbell administration has selected a new deputy minister for the public affairs bureau. According to an information bulletin that was quietly released from the premier's office within the last hour, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority's communications and community engagement vice-president Linda Morris is the government's new top spin doctor. Perhaps not surprisingly, Ms. Morris and the minister responsible for the public affairs bureau Carole Taylor previously worked together at the Vancouver Port Corp. Minister Taylor was appointed the corporation's vice-chair in 1995 and then served as its chair between 1997 and 1999. For her part, Ms. Morris was public affairs director of the corporation and its successor authority between 1995 and 2001.
August 26, 2005