I have been trying to get information out of Health Canada about accountability in the department since early November.
Ironically, in my attempts to get the department to be open about accountability as it relates to several programs it has funded, it refuses to actually be open and accountable.
The department won’t allow anyone to actually give an interview about how money is being recouped from a couple of projects, or new safeguards that may or may not be in place to protect the taxpayer.
The only responses I get are emailed. The only way I can get any response is if I email specific questions to the departmental spokesman.
It is ridiculous to say the least that in what is probably the government’s largest department, I can’t get a single person on the phone to answer some pretty basic questions.
Obviously there is someone available to write down the answers but God forbid they have to actually talk to me and answer questions live. That may actually mean when I ask what they are doing to try and recover funds that were stolen from some of their programs, they can’t get away with a pathetic response like this:
"Health Canada is determined to use every means at its disposal to recover the misappropriated funds."
And it took over a month to even get that answer.