A total of three members of the Alberta Health Services board have resigned in the wake of the dismissal of CEO Stephen Duckett.

Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky said Duckett no longer had the credibility to lead Alberta Health Services, an arm’s-length body responsible for the day-to-day operation of health care.

Days earlier, Duckett waved off reporters who were trying to question him after a meeting on emergency wait times, saying he was too busy eating a cookie.

Tony Franceschini, Gord Bontje and Linda Hohol have all stepped down from the board to protest Duckett’s removal from the job.

“We need to judge his performance, not his behaviour with the cookie,” said Bontje. He also said Zwozdesky should not have weighed in on the decision to get rid of Duckett.

“He can state his opinion, but I don’t think he had any business whatsoever contacting the board. Totally inappropriate.”

He said Duckett was heading in the right direction and he wasn’t given enough time to do his job.

Hohol, a member of the board from Calgary, said Duckett's departure is “the unfortunate consequence of an environment which will limit any CEO or board’s chances for success.”