Not good enough – that is the message those wrongfully fired in the Health Ministry scandal are telling the Christy Clark government, after last week’s decision to have the Ombudsperson investigate.
In a media release, the 7 victims and the sister of Roderick MacIsaac, who killed himself, say nothing short of a fully independent inquiry or investigation will satisfy the public’s right to know what happened.
They say the scope of the inquiry should go beyond who authorized the firings and who is responsible for the false claims about an RCMP investigation.
They say the key question is why, who benefited, and did the pharmaceutical industry have any influence?
And they say a review by the Ombudsperson is problematic because of an inadequate mandate, issues of perception of conflict and bias, and insufficient resources and experience for this type of investigation.
On Friday, Health Minister Terry Lake asked the new Ombudsperson to look into the controversial firings of 8 health researchers in 2012.
The new ombudsperson is Jay Chalke, a former Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice.