Former minister of state for resort development Patty Sahota may soon be working for the Fraser Health Authority. In an interview with Public Eye, authority new business development and facilities vice-president Mary Ackenhusen confirmed Ms. Sahota was contacted last month about the services she could provide to the regional organization. "And she has given us a high-level proposal or expression of interest on the kinds of things she could do for us strategically in terms of our contact with the Indo-Canadian community."
When asked why Ms. Sahota was contacted, Ms. Ackenhusen said the authority has "as part of our project initiative, a communications strategy to have some interactive dialogue with the Indo-Canadian community. So, with her background and contacts, it was felt she might be able to help us think how to do that."
The vice-president couldn't say, at this point whether there would be a competitive bid process to award that work - or even if the authority was interested in retaining Ms. Sahota. So far, though, the former Burnaby-Edmunds MLA is the only person who has been approached about the job. "I'm not sure how the name came up," said Ms. Ackenhusen. "Although she's obviously quite well known."
According to Ms. Sahota's biography, "before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Sahota worked in various sectors of the forestry industry, including remanufacturing, lumber wholesale, and environmental systems. After earning her bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1993 from the University of Victoria, she worked for a commercial development realty firm and for the B.C. Liberal Party as a regional organizer and as an aide to then-Opposition Leader Gordon Campbell."