Who's that we see visiting the legislature? Why it's none other than the British Columbia Nurses' Union, who we're told will be meeting this morning with the provincial Liberal caucus. Healthcare, of course, will likely figure prominently in that discussion. But perhaps union president Debra McPherson will also comment on Premier Gordon Campbell's controversial European travelling companion - parallel private healthcare system advocate Les Vertesi? After all, when the provincial government named him to the Health Council of Canada back in December 2003, Ms. McPherson told The Province's Don Harrison Dr. Vertesi's ideas about medicare were "almost wacko." And she added having the premier's brother-in-law on the council "does a great disservice to the people of B.C." - calling for his immediate recall.
February 22, 2006