Health Minister Terry Lake says, to his knowledge, the government did not ever try to obstruct the RCMP’s investigation of the health data breach scandal.
On Thursday, the Vancouver Sun revealed RCMP documents that showed the health ministry failed to hand over information in the 2012 wrongful dismissals.
But Lake says the whole point of RCMP involvement was to look into whether a data breach had actually occurred.
“Once the investigation, in terms of the Ministry of Health, took place, and my deputy subsequently came on and did a review of all the information, there was less interest – if you like – in having the RCMP follow up.”
The Sun documents also showed the RCMP was not in fact investigating anything, despite a government claim at the time that they were.
Eight health researchers were fired after the alleged breach. Some pursued wrongful dismissal lawsuits, while another ended up taking his own life.
Since then, some have been rehired, some have reached settlements, and the province has apologized.