Why, exactly, was the Clarklandian response to a scathing report from the Child and Youth representative released on October 19th, Federal Election day, instead of October 21st as previously planned?
Because the 'PO' wanted it that way, that's why.
How do we know this?
Because of an Email trail released in response to an FOIR that was included in a story by the Globe's Sunny Dhillon that was published this morning.
There's a whole lot of stuff to wade through in the actual FOI release.
But to my mind all you need is the last sentence of the following (which can be found on pg 40):
And what, pray tell does that 'PO', above, refer to?
Well, being little more than a lowly idiot blogger I won't hazard a guess.
Instead I'll leave it to the estimable Mr. Dhillon of the Globe:
...Sarah Plank, communications director for the Ministry of Health, wrote on the morning of (Friday) Oct. 16 that she did not think there would be enough time to contact stakeholders (in time for a Monday Oct 19th release). Matt Gordon, assistant deputy minister of corporate priorities and communications operations, replied to ask what was doable. He said he would be consulting with “PO,” presumably the Premier’s Office....
Bob Mackin, writing in The Tyee, takes things one step further with a much more complete analysis of the EMail trail than the Globe's Mr. Dhillon.