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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.

If it takes them a month to give me that kind of answer I suppose we shouldn’t be shocked when the department repeatedly has programs it is funding go awry and money go missing.
 

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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