Last week, a spokesperson for the ministry of advanced education and labour market development claimed Moira Stilwell was unavailable to comment on her husband's "partnership interest" in a private surgical centre. Nor, said the spokesperson, would the minister be available this week. To which we reply, "Bollocks!" Because we caught up with her this morning on her way into a cabinet meeting. During that interview, Minister Stiwell declined to provide details on her husband's interest in the centre. Despite being the former head of nuclear medicine at St. Paul's Hospital, she said she didn't have an opinion on private involvement in the public healthcare system. Although Minister Stilwell did commit to recusing herself from any cabinet discussions about the issue.
December 9, 2009