A new election has been ordered for the presidency of Doctors of B.C. after a recount determined the first vote ended in a tie.
Dr. Brian Day, a leading proponent of more private health care, had been declared the winner last week by a single vote.
Officials at Doctors of B.C. (formerly the B.C. Medical Association) said the initial tally failed to count one vote for Day’s challenger Dr. Alan Ruddiman.
The run-off vote between the two takes place from June 5 to 18.
B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake said last week he was unsure whether he could meet with Day as president of the organization because the government is in a court battle with Day’s Cambie Surgical Centre over whether the federal ban on doctors privately billing patients violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.