Alberta Health Services President and CEO Stephen Duckett avoids questions about his handling of excessive emergency room wait times by telling reporters he’s busy eating a cookie.
“I’m eating my cookie — can’t you see I’m eating my cookie!” CEO Stephen Duckett kept repeating to reporters Friday, in a bizarre media moment that deserves to go viral on YouTube.
Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky, when played the audio later by a reporter, said he thought the comment was inappropriate given the gravity of the health-care situation. That would be correct. “I’m eating my cookie” is appropriate only in limited situations — if your spouse wants you to put out the garbage, for instance, but you’re eating your cookie.