Minister of Health, Michel Chebat exposed a new and different demeanor towards the media this morning as he responded to allegations of micro-management and corruption within his ministry. The media posed several questions to him including the allegation by the Public Service Union (PSU) that his son was being given access to government fuel.
Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “Well not even I drive a government vehicle. As you all know I’m using my family vehicle because the government has not afforded me a vehicle so I’m using my family vehicle. I get a gas allowance which I use for my vehicle and there has been times that I’ve been in the city that I’ve asked my sons ,either of them, to refill the vehicle for me or to take me somewhere and it is my family vehicle.”
Reporter: So he does not have a government card ?
Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “No he does not. It is my fuel card.”
Minister Chebat also responded to claims that he has taken on a micro-management approach within the ministry. The topic surfaced after an internal memo was circulated, stripping CEO, Dr Deysi Mendez of the authority as the head of a government department. The PSU frowned on the memo, saying that the minister has been acting in contravention of the Public Sector regulations. Here is how Chebat responded.
Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “This is not limiting. I don’t have the authority to limit her. What is happening is that as you know things are moving very quickly with COVID and we felt that it was important for us to just step back a little bit and assess what’s going on and to make sure that all of our resources are going in the right direction that is all it was. I don’t have any legal authority to limit her or to contain her.”