My son is thinking about applying to the University of B.C.’s faculty of medicine and I was appalled to hear about my MLA Ida Chong writing to the med school on behalf of the Vancouver Island Health Authority CEO Howard Waldner to help have his son admitted to the school.
I have no problem with parents trying to help their children but this case needs investigating.
Chong was not Waldner’s MLA and he apparently did not go to his own MLA, Carole James. At that time Chong was the minister responsible for universities and both parties were, or should have been, smart enough to know that such a letter may have influenced the outcome.
Fortunately in this case UBC was not pursuaded and Waldner’s child was not admitted.