Tuesday, November 06, 2012

This Day In Snookland...Documents? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Documents!


When Bob Mackin posted up Ken Boessenkool's agenda obtained by FOIR for the period from just before 'incident' until just before the 'resignation', it was striking how little actually happened that involved Mr. B.

In fact, if he hadn't had 'tea' with Li Ka Shing while in Hong Kong on the Asian junket with his (then still) Boss, this despite the fact that the little get together occurred after the 'incident', one might conclude that Mr. B. had very little of substance whatsoever to do during his last days.

But here's the thing.

The VSun's J. Fowlie went further FOIR fishing  looking for the following:

All correspondences (emails, letters, BBMs and/or text messages) sent or received between the following:
  • Ken Boessenkool to Premier Christy Clark
  • Premier Christy Clark to Ken Boessenkool
  • Ken Boessenkool to (Public Service Agency head) Lynda Tarras 
  • Ken Boessenkool to (Deputy Chief of Staff) Kim Haakstad
  • Kim Haakstad to Ken Boessenkool.
The time limit for the request was between September 7, 2012 and September 27, 2012.

And guess what Mr. Fowlie got back...

One single document.

Which was Mr. B.'s letter of resignation to his now former Boss.

Which means one of two things....

Nobody does much of anything, ever, in the Snook's office.


Every single one of them is following the Dobell Doctrine (no paper or electronic trails anywhere!) to the letter.

Although, come to think of it....

Those two things are not necessarily mutually exclusive.




Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

If it is the Dobell Doctrine they are carefully following what we have is a government run like the Angels. Soon surely whatever private conversations they have will be replaced by hand signals and hastily burned notes.

Anonymous said...

"Ken Boessenkool to (Public Service Agency head) Lynda Tarras"

scope is too narrow - cast a bigger net

G West said...

I'd like to see Fowlie make an FOI request for the meeting schedules and ALL the emails of Linda Tarras during the period in question. And, why not FOI her boss, John Dyble, while he's at it?

I believe Tarras is a lawyer and she is a long time senior public servant - I'd suggest that, given her experience in the Ministry of the Attorney General, she will not have ignored or avoided the rules and procedures which govern the operations of the Public Service Agency without written direction from a superior...

And, she'll undoubtedly have run her actions (or lack thereof) by one or more lawyers...

You just have to know how to ask the right questions....

North Van's Grumps said...

The requirements of PIPA are clear that an employer may only collect, use or disclose employee personal information without consent where that collection, use or disclosure is reasonable for the purposes of establishing, managing or terminating an employment
relationship. If this requirement is met, and the employer notifies the employee in advance, the employer may collect, use or disclose the information without the employee’s consent.

RossK said...



G West said...


Lynda Tarras is NOT a lawyer - but she is a long serving civil servant who has worked in Human Resources for the AG's ministry. She would (or at least she should have) understood how this kind of incident is to be handled. If she didn't handle it (and it seems clear she didn't) then one has to look somewhere else to find the smoking gun.

Dyble it!

RossK said...

Thanks for the self-correction and further insight GW.

Just one more thing the Bloggodome can do better than....Awwww, you know....Old saw, etc.