First, the lede at the top of Mr. Palmer's piece in today's Vancouver Sun:
When the B.C. Liberals pre-emptively fired the Vancouver School Board two weeks ago, they held back a government-ordered (Milburn) audit of the troubled district because of an outstanding concern about privacy...
Next, from Marcella Bernardo's Roundhouse Radio report back in ancient times (i.e. October 18th):
...When he fired all the trustees, Education Minister Mike Bernier said he can't release that (Milburn) report because BC's acting privacy commissioner is investigating a complaint involving the possible disclosure of personal information.
"That report, again, will come out soon and then, you'll be able to see the information in there."
Acting Privacy Commissioner Drew McArthur was later asked if that's true.
"I'm not in a position to confirm or deny anything associated with the VSB."
"So, you can't talk about whether or not you've been contacted by the Education Minister to determine whether or not that report should be released?"
Staff have now confirmed an investigation is underway, but there's nothing keeping Bernier from releasing the audit results.
They say 'The Commissioner was not involved in the Ministry of Education's decision not to release' it...
It would appear that one of those things may not quite be like the other.
The bizarre thing (or maybe not given his proven ability to pull all punches when push comes to insider access/fence sitting shove) about Mr. Palmer's piece is that he acknowledges that the decision to fire the VSB was made BEFORE any of the apparatchiks (and/or the