Is this a case of you rub my back and I'll rub yours? That's one of the questions we had upon learning that three of the five government appointees on the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia's council are or have been provincial Liberal party officials. They include: Surrey-Cloverdale constituency association president Gordon Schoberg, who previously chaired the party's provincial council; Port Moody-Coquitlam constituency association president Kareem Allam; and former Langley constituency association president Rebecca Darnell. In response, a health services ministry spokesperson stated, "We can't speak to the specifics of individual cases." Nevertheless, the spokesperson stressed all government appointees must first go through a merit-based selection process. As such, everyone named to the council was determined to have the "personal attributes and competencies" necessary to monitor and account for the college's performance.
September 28, 2010