Yesterday, premier-designate Christy Clark told reporters she would be appointing John Dyble head of the public service because she wanted to have a deputy "whose style meshed with mine." But where did Christy Clark get to know that style? Mr. Dyble joined the provincial government on May 22, 1997 as an assistant deputy minister with the ministry of transportation and highways. At that time, Ms. Clark would have been a member of the opposition Liberals.
Four years later, the Liberals swept to power and Ms. Clark was appointed education minister and deputy premier. But Mr. Dyble remained at the same management level until he was named the deputy minister of transportation on June 16, 2005. That's more than eight months after Ms. Clark - who by then was the minister of children and family development - stepped down from cabinet and a month after the election she didn't run in.
So now, after almost six years of not being in government, the former CKNW talk show host is telling reporters she elevated Mr. Dyble to the pinnacle of the public service because it was a "question of making sure I was working with someone who my style worked with." Strange, no?