Health authority investigates whether CEO abused position in lobbying son's UBC application

March 14, 2012

Vancouver Island Health Authority's chairman is looking into whether the organization's CEO abused his position by lobbying to get his son into UBC's medical school. The CEO had Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong write a letter to the medical school dean in 2010, when his son was trying to gain admission. The son, who was attending university in Ontario, did not meet BC residency requirements and was not admitted into the school. Chong has publicly defended writing to UBC on behalf of a constituent, yet property records show the CEO does not live in her riding. Admitting that she was the science and universities minister when she wrote to UBC, Chong wrote the letter on MLA letterhead. An NDP critic says the fact Chong was in charge of universities at the time makes her involvement "absolutely inappropriate." Victoria Times-Colonist