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Liberals ‘politicizing’ top doctor job, Yukon Party says

The Yukon Party is slamming the Liberal Yukon government over the appointment of the new chief medical officer of health.

By Whitehorse Star on June 23, 2022

The Yukon Party is slamming the Liberal Yukon government over the appointment of the new chief medical officer of health.

Last week, the government announced it has appointed an Ontario doctor who ran there as a Liberal candidate in last fall’s federal election.

Dr. Sudit Ranade is the current medical officer of health for the County of Lambton and Lambton Public Health in Ontario.

In a news release this week, the Yukon Party said it wants the selection process for appointing a chief medical officer of health to be revamped to prevent the potential for political partisanship.

“The Yukon Party is raising concerns about the appointment of a former Liberal party candidate as the chief medical officer of health,” the release said.

“This follows the recent decision of the Yukon’s former chief medical officer of health (Dr. Brendan Hanley) revealing his own partisanship and becoming a Liberal MP in the 2021 election.

“In making this appointment, the Yukon Liberals have continued their trend of politicizing the supposedly independent office while undermining public confidence in the office.”

Opposition Leader Currie Dixon added, “When we look to the United States’ experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, we see what can happen when public health systems and officials become politicized.

“This American-style politicization of public health is not in the best interests of Yukoners and only serves to undermine public trust in our essential institutions.”

In the release, the party went on to say, “The role of chief medical officer of health (CMOH) needs to be independent and non-partisan.

“The decision by the former CMOH to use the office as a springboard into politics damaged the credibility of that office, and the recent appointment of another explicitly Liberal partisan to the position will only further damage the credibility and independence of that office.”

Party representatives added, “Following this, the Yukon Party official Opposition is calling on the territorial Liberal government to change the appointment process for the CMOH and adopt a process similar to those used for independent officers of the legislative assembly such as the Ombudsman and the Child and Youth Advocate.

“While this would be unprecedented in Canada, it has become necessary to repair the damage that the Liberals have done to the independence and credibility of this important office.”

Ranade’s Ontario office has advised the Star the physician will not participate in an interview until he begins his new job next month.

Upon the Star’s request for comment, cabinet communications staff emailed a statement.

“Once again, we see the Yukon Party attempting to undermine the credibility of the office of the chief medical officer of health – this time before the new CMOH has even started,” the statement said.

“The Yukon Party’s accusations of politicizing the office of the chief medical officer of health simply do not hold up.

“This Yukon Party trend of criticizing the professional and personal integrity of public health officials is actually more closely aligned with ‘American-style politicization,’ and is the kind of attack that results in many capable people opting to stay out of public life.”

The statement added, “The independent recruitment firm, Medall, which specializes in physician leadership recruitment, supported the process in hiring the new CMOH.

“Medfall lead Robb Callaghan, deputy minister Michael Hale, Dr. Andre Corriveau, Diane Strand and assistant deputy minister Amy Riske were a part of the hiring committee and recommended this appointment.”

Comments (34)

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Archibald Chesterfield on Jun 26, 2022 at 10:35 am

Trudeau was diagnosed with covid and yet he's flying all over the planet. What happened to the 14 day mandatory isolation? These guys have ZERO credibility. The whole thing is a sham.

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Anonymous on Jun 26, 2022 at 8:50 am


It seems like you misunderstood the meaning of the post you're referencing. It was a joke, just like most family doctors are a joke who memorized things in medical school and now they google your symptoms. The point is that family doctors are the bottom of the barrel compared to higher tier doctors like surgeons. It was a suggestion that some liberal family doctor in a government position should not have the authority to act as everyone's family doctor. They shouldn't be forcefully prescribing medicine to people who aren't their own patients. That's what is upsetting about this whole ordeal. Keep coping and seething that the mandates are all being lifted and most of the people who refused the vaccines can now return to work. They could be working right beside you and you wouldn't even suspect it (the anti-vaxxers). Tremble in fear at the thought of it.

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Yukoner92 on Jun 25, 2022 at 11:33 pm

@Bozojoe That's rich of you accusing someone of obsession when you constantly babble on about Trudeau. TDS, or Trudeau Derangement Syndrome is a very serious condition which causes people to become unhinged at the mere mention of his name. It also causes people to put Trudeau's name on stickers and flags and drive around town like escaped mental patients. Sadly, you have most definitely been infected.

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John on Jun 25, 2022 at 2:17 pm

@ Yukoner 32

You never seem to learn. Your broad brush of what was said, and it's intent, is an example of how you take things to extreme. Clearly, you either did not read the article, or, you just like to throw out garbage statements.

Let me refresh things for you: "“In making this appointment, the Yukon Liberals have continued their trend of politicizing the supposedly independent office while undermining public confidence in the office.” It has long been held that this office is intended to be independent. There are several key offices that require neutrality - this happens to be one of them. The Ombudsman is another. I did not read anywhere where the YP would go the route now or in the future you are articulating; but then, you being a staunch supporter of the Liberals, it does not surprise me, or I am sure a lot of others folks, the liberty you like to take in going beyond what was said. This is what liberals like to do - divisiveness. Give your head a shake man and do yourself a favour. Before spouting off do take a moment and get your facts straight.

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Roy on Jun 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm

@ Mitch

"How about a CMO who has dabbled in family medicine?"
Bet you felt smart posting that. Got a lot of thumbs up too!

Just FYI - this doctor has a specialty in Family Medicine - which he got before he became a CMO.
So your wishes have come true! Yours and all the upvoters!

Make sure you thank whoever picked this guy.

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Yukoner32 on Jun 24, 2022 at 10:22 pm

So If i'm reading this correctly, the Yukon Party is saying that after someone runs for a political office of any kind, they should be banned from ever working in their profession again because it will be impossible for them to separate work from politics. Let this be a warning to any public official out there; think very carefully before you run for office for any party.

The Yukon Party conservatives have just made it crystal clear that the next time they come to power, they will conduct a witch hunt for anyone who dared to put their name on a ballot or even got involved with any political party aside from their own.

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bonanzajoe on Jun 24, 2022 at 5:18 pm

@Politico on Jun 23. And that would be a tragedy because.....?

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bonanzajoe on Jun 24, 2022 at 5:17 pm

@Pasloski for pharmacist. Would you get rid of your obsession with former Premier Pasloski?

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Well well on Jun 24, 2022 at 3:26 pm

Welcome to our new Chief Political Officer of Health!

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Wilf Carter on Jun 24, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Liberals show they don't care what tax payers want and will do what they please in employing staff in this government. Look at the liberal Yukon Liberals employed from Ontario to be President of Yukon University and he lasted 5 months. What liberals are doing is called old fashion liberal politics.

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DreamerDixon on Jun 24, 2022 at 11:06 am

You really need to stand up for yourself instead of the closed door puppet masters typing their nonsense.

Who wants to look at the US for anything? For that matter the rest of Canada Curry?! If you really are a Yukoner then focus on what matters at home. If this is an attempt to stay relevant during the summer it ain’t working.

Regardless of what strip the CMO is wearing he can’t win. He can do his job and you can do yours - provide Yukoners with a valid alternative with a valid platform. Try that for a change…

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John on Jun 24, 2022 at 10:36 am

I see the propaganda arm of the government is hard at work discrediting criticism of their misdeeds. Goebbels could not have crafted it better. An "independent committee". Hm, who selected the committee? Hm, how many candidates were interviewed? What role did Hanley 1.0 play in the background? My suspicion is that this hire was predetermined in the back room with 1.0 nudging the political arm to bring into the fold one of their brethren. The whole thing smacks of a set up. Oh, but wait - it had to be legitimized. Enter Medfall. Yes an independent head hunter that guided the process. My thoughts are that they knew nothing of the machinations that went on behind the scenes to advance this candidate into a favourable position. If there were any other candidates (notice we are not being told if there were - wanna bet there were none?) they were stage props. The deal was already in place.

One other question I have if the committee made a recommendation - who made the decision? Any bets?
So there we have it - pork barrelling at it's best. A non-politicized - politicized appointment, hm...

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Chuck Farley on Jun 24, 2022 at 10:26 am

Neville Jones; apparently the 57 thumbs down don't agree with letting experts do their job.

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Groucho d'North on Jun 24, 2022 at 9:46 am

The role of the chief medical officer of health is a political position. They do not work in the ER or maintain their own clinic where they treat patients, they advise on medical policy to the government of the day. The government has or should have an agenda towards their responses to dealing with a pandemic, the chief medical officer of health is the on-staff consultant to provide medical related information to help the governmant to deliver the appropriate responses.
The COVID pandemic became political very quickly all over the world where elected officials were the focal point for information and direction to the world's people. They spoke on behalf of the medical professionals for whatever reason, but had the medical pros waiting in the wings for when the tough questions came out. The chief medical officer of health supposedly advised how governments should respond but it appears the governments were telling the chief medical officers of health what to say. Yup its a political position- always has been.

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MITCH on Jun 24, 2022 at 9:18 am

Curry is wrong - a government requiring two of three parties to prop it up is not a government that is capable of politicizing anything, but highlighting their failure seems to come to them naturally. There is no leadership from either party, any part, any part of government and colonists are not allowed to own anything or defend anything they already own and should feel guilty for that, so how am I a colonist again? Canada is not in the mood anymore.

We are not going to make it to the next election at this rate.

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Wilf Carter on Jun 24, 2022 at 7:48 am

Is fundamentalism taking over our governments called liberals?

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Bart on Jun 24, 2022 at 12:27 am

Hey Currie, your catching on quick. Keep watching the traffic go by.

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Al on Jun 23, 2022 at 10:43 pm

Quote: "Medfall lead Robb Callaghan, deputy minister Michael Hale, Dr. Andre Corriveau, Diane Strand and assistant deputy minister Amy Riske were a part of the hiring committee and recommended this appointment.” Unquote.

Now this is not new - it was expressed in the last article. What no-one commented on was the instruction given prior to, during or on selection to the 'committee' or to Medfall. I am going to go down that road. DM's (as identified in the 'committee' membership) are appointed by the Premier - and therefore are directly responsible to the Premier for their performance. Yes, day to day inter-reaction is with the department Minister but the Minister may only bring concerns about a DM to the Premier. In short the DM takes take day to day marching orders from the Minister BUT may take direction from the Premier either directly or through the Minister about matters of concern. Why do I mention all this? Well this relationship is important to understand as DM's are required to be politically sensitive about what the government of the day needs to not only know but often for approval. In this case I see a couple of items that we need to flush out. First in the recruitment of the CMO. If the intent is to hire someone with or without political affiliation that is obvious then it is more than likely that decision what be transmitted to committee via the DM's and onto Medfall. If it is determined that the political arm wants a squeaky clean CMO then that would have been conveyed early on. However, that is not necessarily true in every instance. It could very well be that a candidate's CV or Bio upon screen emerges with that information. That brings us to the second point. Prior to any interview it is likely that members of the committee would have had access to all this information of different candidates. For sure this should have been (and knowing how DM's operate) and would have raised a red flag. A potential land mine where a candidate (as we have here) not only has a political affiliation but also was a candidate for the LPC in the last federal election. I can not believe that any DM would not cover their butt and bring this matter to the political offices for direction.

It is not rocket science to put two and two together to know that in this instance the Premier's office knew in advance prior extending an offer to hire of this man's full background. Therefore the act of hiring was under blessing of the political arm.

Currie is correct in that singular positions such as the Ombudsman and other such positions have set parameters in place that provides clear direction about no political affiliation. Why then did that occur here? It is clear (at least to me) that the Premier likely condone the selection. The 'committee' did not in fact do it's job independently, but rather it was directed to proceed with the recruitment.

Now why should the CMO be free of partisanship? Decisions of independence free of politicization would benefit everyone within the community. This is not in fact what we are seeing here. Well we need only look at Hanley for that answer. Many people suspected (before he jumped into running in the last election) that he was in part either taking direction or at least "was in tune" with the political philosophy of YLP of the day. Once he made his move then cards fell into place that in fact that is likely the case from the get go. Now in this case it will be clear right from the start how this man is likely to proceed. It will be very difficult for the YP to really put their trust in this man after the next election should they win.

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Woodcutter on Jun 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

Lol - omg this is like Trumpism Yukon style. First the YP makes noise about the doc last week and all the YP lackeys that comment here all bark the same old nonsense that's been floated around since the pandemic started. Now they claim politization?

Yes folks, i the contard world up can be down and fools can be elected by 40% of the popular vote ( even a greater percentage in Teslin, Haines Junction and Watson Lake) .

Wait until November, perhaps the YP can recruit Dr. Oz to be their consulting expert.

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Pasloski for pharmasist on Jun 23, 2022 at 9:17 pm

Currie clickers are never satisfied.

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bonanzajoe on Jun 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm

"Liberals ‘politicizing’ top doctor job". Do ya think?

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Juniper Jackson on Jun 23, 2022 at 8:30 pm

Being involved actively in a political party would seem to indicate a lack of commitment to the medical profession. The Liberals made this announcement, probably to bolster failing support within the party. That Sudit Ranade himself also failed to make any kind of, "I'm delighted to be in the Yukon, after indoctrination and meeting with Yukon Medical Associ. etc." Instead, his political aspirations appears to take precedence over any statement of medical qualifications, except to mention his last job in Lambton. The Liberals are attempting to remove themselves from accusations of "politicizing" the position by claiming to use 3rd party hiring firm, Medall. It would be extremely irresponsible to allow a 3rd party to choose a person for a position as important as a Chief Medical Officer. No matter how the Liberal cartel cuts this cake, the piece left on the plate is called..it's a political appointment.

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jack on Jun 23, 2022 at 7:42 pm

The Liberals aren't even an official party in Ontario anymore. All their hacks and bagmen now need to look far afield for high salary patronage positions because the Liberals ran things so badly in Ontario.

Now we're stuck with the casts offs.

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Politico on Jun 23, 2022 at 6:42 pm

Sure can tell the political nature of the Star, soon to become a subsidiary of FOX news!

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Gary Smith on Jun 23, 2022 at 6:37 pm

Got rid of one puppet only to be replaced with another one.

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Liberals in LaLa Land on Jun 23, 2022 at 5:41 pm

Well, well, well there BnR on Jun 23, 2022 at 2:40 pm:

The good ole conspiracy theory deflection. The last refuge of bigots, fascists and other small minded people alike. The Liberals and their minions have politicized every aspect of society while enforcing rules that they themselves blatantly disregard. What’s your Social Credit score?

We live in a world of illusion powered by the Liberal delusion. At no other time than the reign of the 2 Trudeau’s have we seen a country so divided, ruled with such blatant hypocrisy for the world to see.

Yes, we should be concerned by this recent Liberal appointment to the top seat of the Medico-Legal Liberal Hierarchy… Greatly concerned. The Liberals have used health related concerns to thwart democratic processes to rule without challenge with the support of the NDP syndicate.

What we should hope for? A mindful Liberal capable of setting aside his or her feelings to be mindful in the moment… Dreams…

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Vlad on Jun 23, 2022 at 5:33 pm

@bnr…I would think a government or really a non partisan department would hire somebody qualified AND not affiliated with any politics period. Now knowing he has been involved in politics and seeing how easily figureheads can be influenced I think Currie makes a very valid point.

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YT on Jun 23, 2022 at 5:16 pm

Given the verbal attacks against our previous CMOs, acting and not, I’m surprised anyone would want the job.
And many of these attacks were spearheaded by our firebrand opposition leader and his crony Jonas.
At one point, I was pretty excited that Currie was going to be leading the YP: articulate, educated, seemed to have a coherent vision.
Those were the days.....

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Liberals in LaLa Land on Jun 23, 2022 at 4:58 pm

FFS! The Liberals politicize everything. Because they are incapable of logic and reason they use the politics of emotionalism (fascism) to advance their interests. It is why everything Liberal implodes in on itself. It is an ideology that consumes everything, everyone, and then itself…

It is why Canada itself is collapsing in on itself into a black hole where everything sucks and the life gets crushed out of everyone not on the guest list… It is why Trudeau is an international laughing stock and Canada’s reputation is a shambles… And this is because of the Trudeau’s and in particular the current Trudeau.

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comen sense on Jun 23, 2022 at 4:50 pm

Only commenting in this section to challenge anyone to watch Pierre Poilieve from Ontario Member of the house of commons. "There is a god". Concluding will also say isn't Justin getting over covid ? Here he is in Rwanda when only a few days left until summer break in parliament.

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Hilarious on Jun 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm

Chief Political Officer of Health literally ran for the Liberals a few months ago.

Liberals: How Is that political?

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BnR on Jun 23, 2022 at 2:40 pm

Currie, you and you merry band are the only ones politicizing this.
Should they have purposely looked for a doctor with Conservative Party of Canada credentials?
If this doctor is qualified, who cares what their political stripes are? Or maybe this is all a conspiracy?
Good lord above….

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Wilf Carter on Jun 23, 2022 at 2:12 pm

Wow - liberals think they can do whatever they want. Thanks for showing the truth Currie.

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Neville Jones on Jun 23, 2022 at 2:10 pm

Can we just let the experts do their job?

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