It is not just the NDP the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association also wants an investigation into claims of a non-existent RCMP investigation from the BC government
Executive Director Vincent Gogolek says his office also had FOI requests into the health researcher firings controvery blocked becase of a supposed police investigation.
“We had our hearing in March and the decision from the Commissioner’s office came out in November. There was four months between the government being apparently advised by the RCMP we have shut our file because we aren’t getting anything from you people and the Commissioner’s office coming down with its decision and that shouldn’t be happening.”
As for the RCMP investigation Gogolek says the timeline is pretty clear.
“Yes there was a file open whether you could call that an investigation is a whole other question. But leaving that aside in July even the file was closed and the government was told about it and that is a problem.”
Gogolek has written to BC’s Privacy Commissioner to ask her to investigate.
So does BC’s Privacy Commissioner have any power to punish the province if she finds they deliberately misled her office?
“It would really depend on what the Commissioner finds. The prime purpose that this would serve right now would be to find out what actually went on here.”
Eight health researchers were wrongfully fired in 2012, some have since been reinstated, others filed lawsuits, and one Roderick MacIsaac killed himself.
As for the BC Government’s claims of an RCMP investigation into the 2012 firings of the eight health researchers an email has surfaced that seems to partially back the claim.
The 2013 email refers to a “suspended RCMP investigation” but isn’t proof positive any investigation ever left the launching pad.
It also still doesn’t answer questions about why the province didn’t tell BC’s Privacy Commissioner the case was closed last year even after the RCMP did just that after receiving no evidence of wrongdoing from the province.