Calls have been renewed for a public inquiry into the wrongful dismissal of eight BC government health researchers nearly three years ago, including a man who later committed suicide.
“And to have the people responsible testify under oath. They need to come clean about what they did.”
New Democrat MLA Adrian Dix says an un-redacted copy of an independent report released in December is proof a public inquiry is needed.
“We should know who decided to smear these employees? The last occasion where the Ministry of Justice came back and gave advice was after it was on the front page of the newspaper.”
Dix says key details in the full McNeil report were deliberately kept hidden from the public by Premier Christy Clark and several key members of her inner circle.
The Premier is downplaying the idea of a public inquiry into the firings of government health researchers.
Christy Clark re-iterated an apology for what happened, but put her emphasis on a review of the situation.
“The firings are something that the Health Minister and me have both apologized for. Government made serious mistakes in that process. There is just no question about it. That was why we appointed Alison MacPhail to go out and do that work. Highly respected person. Came back with a report that pointed out exactly what went wrong inside government.”
Clark says the government has acted on the recommendations to make sure it doesn’t happen again