The BC Progress Board won't be going ahead with its controversial plan to directly award a $25,000 contract to a former Fraser Institute staffer. The board had earlier stated Cynthia Ramsay - whose past reports have recommended privatizing public hospitals and opening the door to parallel private healthcare - was simply the best candidate to do that contract work within its budget. However, in a letter sent to the government, University of British Columbia health economist Bob Evans wrote the claim that Ms. Ramsay was "uniquely qualified" to review the funding of the province's healthcare system was "erroneous to the point of absurdity." As a result of the complaint, Small Business, Technology and Economic Development Minister Iain Black told reporters yesterday that contract will now be put through a competitive bid process.
May 26, 2010