The lights are on but is anyone home?
For those who watched this mini-documentary the other night on CBC's The National you must have come away shaking your heads. Didn't anyone do a detailed background check on Arthur Porter before he was hired as the Chief Executive Officer of McGill University's $1.3 billion Health Centre? As you will see, all anyone had to do was call his former employers at the Detroit Medical Centre where he left the place in a mess amid controversy. Better yet, telephone reporters at The Detroit Free Press they seemed to know all about him.
It really begs the question, "How thoroughly, if at all, are senior appointees vetted by the Harper administration prior to being selected for positions in which they will be responsible for the stewardship of millions of dollars worth of taxpayers' dollars? Is this the tip of the iceberg since Stephen Power came to power?
Clare L. Pieuk
Terence McKenna's documentary "Porter's Way" is a close-up look at the amazing rise and fall of Arthur T. Porter.
The Prime Minister's former senior National Security appointee resigned in scandal 14 months ago in scandal 14 months ago from his position as Chairman of the Federal Security and Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) and the CEO of the new $1.3 billion McGill University Health Centre.
He disappeared from Montreal and avoided questions about his role mismanaging billion dollar budgets and what he knows about an alleged $22.5 million fraud against the hospital on his watch.
Porter is now living in Nassau, Bahamas which is where Terence McKenna caught up with him.
He finally agreed to sit down for an extensive, revealing interview with CBC Television's The National.