24 October 2009

Minister in hospital, “seriously ill”

Revealed at the Tory convention in Gander:  municipal affairs minister Diane Whelan has been hospitalised and is “seriously ill.”

-srbp-

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Respectfully... Why would Danny have given the transport portfolio, even on a temporary basis, to someone who is so gravely ill? Shouldn't a minister in those circumstances be shedding duties, not adding them?

Edward G. Hollett said...

I think it reflects, as much as anything else, the chaotic, impulsive, play-it-by-ear government that the province has had since 2003.

Well, that plus the fact that really the Trevor and Paul resignations came quite suddenly and - one thinks - quite unexpectedly.

Normally there are designated first second and maybe even third stand-ins officially designated. The temporary absence of a minister is therefore not a big issue. Whelan was probably in the book as the first alternate so she got the job and no more thought went into than that. I said something in another post about "managing the chaos." That seems to me to be a description of how it must feel and it may well be a description of how it acutally is many times.

All that to one side though, let's keep a good thought and say an exttra prayer for Diane.

Anonymous said...

Why did the Telly use quotes when describing the Min as "seriously ill"???

Is there further meaning or interpreation needed?

Edward G. Hollett said...

Presumably, 1056, the quotes are there to indicate the exact words Kathy Dunderdale used.

That way there can be noaccusing the news outlet of exaggerating or underplaying the seriousness of the illness.

On Friday people described it to me in very strong terms but I wouldn't read anything into anything. I just take it on the face of it that the illness is very serious. What the long term outlook is will come along in due course. In the meantime, a few good thoughts and prayers can't hurt.

babe in boyland said...

good luck to her - lets all spare her a good thought.

Anonymous said...

Ed -- it has nothing to do with chaos etc in govt.

Diane went in to get checked for what they thought was a routine thing. The tests revealed it was something far more serious. This only came to light in the past week or so -- AFTER Taylor quit.

This is a big deal. She is in very bad shape. It is unseemly to put negative political spin into this discussion.

Edward G. Hollett said...

2237 you evidently misread the post and comments.

There are two separate thiungs here which you have muddled.

The first is Whelan's illness. I have heard it is very serious but I am not prepared to discuss her personal business in public. You are, either on the basis of rumour and conjecture opr because you know something. Either way your comments would have a little weight or even some integrity if you had identified yourself.

The second thing - and quite separate from her illness in fact - is about the idea of putting Whelan as a fill-in for Taylor. Whether her illness was diagnosed before or after Taylor's departure, her designation as the acting minister reflects a hasty decision.

We know it was hasty since the Premier indicated quite clearly he would not make a substantive appointment until some undefined point in the future. When Oram bailed, he likewise did a very hasty suffle-er-oo rather and did not take care of the Taylor replacement at the same time.

Again, doesn't matter when she was hospitalised or diagnosed. He just left the issue unresolved.

It's pretty straightforward stuff.

But before you come around here wagging your finger, take two pieces of advice;

- have the integrity to sign your real name to the comments, and,

- don't drip your own partisan inferences and political spin all over comments that were straightforward. it is serious and you should be ashamed of yourself on both counts.

WJM said...

We know it was hasty since the Premier indicated quite clearly he would not make a substantive appointment until some undefined point in the future.

i.e., after the burghers of Straits and White Bay North had dutifully returned another PC bobblehead to the House of Assembly.

Steve said...

I may not agree with a lot of which you write but at least you did have the common courtesy,decency to wish Ms. Whelan well or keep her in our thoughts. That's more than can be said for the bigot in Ottawa; just a continuation of his drivel and diatribe.

WJM said...

That's more than can be said for the bigot in Ottawa; just a continuation of his drivel and diatribe.

Steve, stop with the cryptic comments. Who is the bigot in Ottawa, and can you point out an example or two of his drivel and diatribe?

And I wish Minister Whalen and her family nothing but good wishes at this very difficult personal time.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Thanks, Wally, but I was just ignoring him. Bigot in Ottawa seems to be a rather broad description.

Steve said...

Why are people on the defensive here? Seems to have struck a nerve with some.

Steve said...

And Mr. McLown did anybody mention you? Why are you on here wishing Ms. Whelan well now? Why are you interested in what others may write? All this appears rather strange on the surface.

WJM said...

I don't see anyone being defensive.

Who's "Mr. McClown"? And who's this bigot in Ottawa? If I run into him, I can give him a piece of your mind.

Steve said...

Mr. McLown is the same person who refers to people like Ms. Dunderdale as Kathy Blunderdale. Keep your eyes open for the Ottawa bigot; one never knows where he/she lurks but when you find him/her give me a shout; I'll give him/her a piece of my mind too.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Geez, Steve, if calling her Blunderdale is the clue, then you could be talking about me or a bunch of other people who don't live in Ottawa.

But all that to one, this really is a useless thread that seems to mean something to the two of you. maybe you two should get a room somewhere else and sort it out. ;-)

WJM said...

Mr. McLown is the same person who refers to people like Ms. Dunderdale as Kathy Blunderdale.

Does that offend your sensibilities?