Stephen Duckett: I am sorry for the ‘cookie comment’ (Video)

By on Nov 22, 2010 in Weird, World Comments

Alberta Health Services President and CEO Stephen Duckett said he is sorry for the ‘cookie comment’ he made in front of the media last Friday, as published at CTVEdmonton.ca on Saturday.

This is after the health official refused to answer questions from the media while he was asked about the long-day meeting that focused on developing new protocols to reduce emergency department wait times.

Instead of answering the questions of the reporters, the official talked about the cookie he was eating and at one point, he even shoved the cookie to the face of a reporter.

The incident video, which was uploaded at YouTube and a copy can be viewed below, invited negative comments from the people who witnessed his ‘unprofessional attitude’ towards the media, and eventually earned tons of unconstructive tweets.

Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky, apparently described Duckett’s misconduct as “inappropriate” but admitted that he do not have plans to remove the latter from his post.

On the other hand, Liberal Party leader David Swann calls for a resignation of Duckett, and said that such ‘dismissive and disrespectful’ behavior do not fit for an official whose task is to lead a $15-billion industry.

“I think he needs to leave. I think we need to find a new man for the job,” Swann was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Stephen Duckett immediately posted on his blog that afternoon that he is sorry for his misbehavior and explained the result of the meeting.

“The meeting made great progress. That success has to some extent been overshadowed by my poor responses to the media afterward, which I deeply regret and for which I apologize unreservedly.”

“Most regrettably, I did not convey what I deeply feel, which is the greatest respect for the difficult challenges our health care providers face every day, and their innumerable achievements, and what those challenges and achievements mean for our patients and their families.”



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