Provincial New Democrat health critic Adrian Dix is weighing in on the government's decision to postpone a speech by University of Victoria drug policy researcher Alan Cassels to civil servants. In an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Dix asked "Is it the case that every time a ministry of health official meets with the pharmaceutical industry or its representatives that they meet with Mr. Cassels" or another industry critic. "Or is it the case that they almost only and exclusively meet with the pharmaceutical industry?" he added, leaving little doubt as to which way he'd answer the question. Mr. Dix concluded by saying he found it surprising that "the one time they hear someone critical of the industry and supportive of what is after-all is the B.C. government's own program PharmaCare, they say they need balance."
September 14, 2006