Yesterday, we reported University of Victoria researcher Alan Cassels would be speaking to provincial health bureaucrats about his new book Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning us all into Patients. But, in an interview with Public Eye, the ministry's communications executive director Marisa Adair confirmed deputy minister Gordon Macatee has decided to postpone that speaking engagement. Explained Ms. Adair, "Given Mr. Cassells's very specific viewpoint, the ministry would like to ensure someone representing the other viewpoint is booked (to speak) - if not at the same time, a couple weeks later - so that people can join in the lunchtime sessions and be assured that there's two views they can take into account, talk about and listen to." Ms. Adair also said she wasn't sure exactly how this issue had been brought to Mr. Macatee's attention.

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Funny that having a "very specific viewpoint" and no one "representing the other viewpoint" didn't seem to bother the Premier when he chose his travelling partners to study European health systems the other day.

OTOH, it only makes sense to be extra careful when the VIPs who finance one's political campaigns don't share the "very specific viewpoint" in question.

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