The NDP have sent letters to the Health minister, the Attorney General, and the Privacy Commissioner accusing the government of hiding behind a non-existent RCMP investigation to block freedom of information requests.
NDP Leader John Horgan says FOI requests filed by the party last year to get information about the 2012 wrongful firing of eight health researchers.
Horgan says those FOI requests were blocked with the reason being there was an active RCMP investigation.
But he says as we know now there never has been an RCMP investigation because the Health ministry never handed the RCMP any evidence of wrongdoing despite repeated efforts by the Mounties to get the information.
“The BC Liberals have their hands full with the commissioner right now and I don’t think she is going to be happy with the evidence that we provided her that suggests that she was also misled.”
Horgan says the NDP want a code of conduct review and a full inquiry into the controversy.
“We raised it with the commissioner and we’re expecting she will have something to say about that. That she issued a report in good faith and assuming the Government of British Columbia was giving her accurate information and clearly they were not. This episode is coming apart like a house of cards.”
The health ministry confirms it has recieved the letter from the NDP and it is “currently being reviewed.”
The ministry also says while the ministry “would no longer purise action by the RCMP” a Comptroller General investigation has concluded and it has been handed to the RCMP.
The health ministry says it is now up to the RCMP to decide next steps.
Since the 2012 wrongful firing of eight health researchers some have been reinstated, others have settled lawsuits, others are still in court, and one Roderick MacIsaac killed himself.