When I wrote in this space yesterday about the eHealth money scandal, I hadn't read the front page story in the Vancouver Sun.
What I missed was quite a lot.
The headline alone gets the blood going:
Man at centre of health scandal was under house arrest when hired
He got job overseeing $9-million budget while prohibited from handling other people's moneyJim Taylor was hired as director of communications systems at the Fraser Valley health region in April 2000 -- a month after he was sentenced to two years less a day for defrauding the White Rock Sea Festival Society, which went bankrupt.
Kevin Falcon said he wasn't sure why Taylor was hired by Fraser Health when he had a fraud conviction.
Taylor is accused of fraud and breach of trust, former assistant deputy health minister Ron Danderfer of breach of trust and Dr. Jonathan Burns (foto above) of fraud and influence pedaling.
Danderfer oversaw the multi-million dollar electronic health initiatives.
His wife was a senior official at the Ministry of Children and Families and both his son and daughter are government employees.
Danderfer and his wife were both suspended two years ago.
Their salaries are all paid by your taxes.
Could this be any more corrupt?
All of those Board of Traders are convinced that the Campbell regime is so competent at minding the store.
This is an old story of government contracts awarded to friends, paybacks and kickbacks, jobs for family members, billing irregularities and over-billing.
This is what is happening in an almost identical scandal in Ontario.
This is what happens when governments and bureaucrats have access to unlimited public funds and very checks and balances around them.
This is tax money.