Nobody does it better?

The president and chief executive officer of London Drugs Ltd. will be among those overseeing the government's controversial new patient-focused healthcare funding initiative. G. Wynne Powell was appointed to the board of directors for the organization responsible for that initiative on the same day it was announced - April 13. But his name wasn't included in any of the media materials distributed on that day. Mr. Powell also heads up London Air Services Ltd., TLD Computers Inc. and Sonora Resort, a luxury fishing lodge. According to Elections British Columbia, London Drugs and London Air Services have contributed $41,477 to the provincial Liberals between 2005 and 2009. The BC Health Services Purchasing Organization's chair is retired Teck Cominco Ltd. deputy chairman and chief executive officer David A. Thompson.

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S---, Sean, that's a Mary Polak YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS8SeMHLzXA

That said, I wonder why the BCLibs can't hire competitively a position like this?

Sean, some things you should know:

Yes, Wynne Powell has agreed to accept an advisory position on the BC Health Services Purchasing Organization. Over the past two decades, Mr. Powell has been appointed in advisory and board positions within the Liberal, NDP, and Social Credit parties because of his vast health and education knowledge and financial expertise. He has donated his time for years to assist educational, health and community issues.

Mr. Powell’s volunteer advisory positions within the health and education ministries of the current and past provincial governments are personal and completely separate from his role as president and CEO of London Drugs and its subsidiary companies.

London Drugs has “contributed” to each political party by purchasing tickets to speaking engagements and sporting events; Liberals, NDP and the Social Credit political parties have all received donations while leading the BC provincial government.

The $40,000 contribution amount stretches over the past five years, roughly $8000 each year and is comprised of tickets to dinners, speaking engagements and sporting event occasions.

Mr. Powell has been appointed to board and advisory positions under the leadership of Gordon Campbell, as well as past premiers Mike Harcourt and Glen Clark.

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