Penny pinching

Former provincial deputy health minister Penny Ballem has gotten into the real estate business. Dr. Ballem, who resigned in June 2006, been on Bentall LP's board of directors since January 1, 2007. Bentall is one of "North America's foremost real estate advisory and service organization," whose clients include the British Columbia Investment Management Corp. Dr. Ballem resigned from the civil service because the plans Premier Gordon Campbell and his deputy Jessica McDonald had established for her ministry were "unsound and reflect a lack of confidence in my leadership on your part." Dr. Ballem is also presently a senior advisor and health industry expert with RPO Management Consultants Ltd.

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