New vote for president of Doctors of B.C.

Physicians hold run-off election after initial one-vote victory for Dr. Brian Day declared a tie

Dr. Brian Day was briefly elected president of the Doctors of B.C. until a recount determined a tie and forced a run-off vote.

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.

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