It appears the deleted email scandal and the Health Ministry firings scandal have now come together for Premier Christy Clark.
NDP critic Adrian Dix says they’ve been told there are NO records after two years of Freedom-of-Information requests over the wrongful firings of eight Health Ministry researchers.
No emails, memos, briefing notes, records, he says, from the Premier’s most influential advisers.
“She appointed all these deputy ministers, and these are her senior political staff involved in these matters. There’s no buffer, this is the Premier in action. And these two scandals coming together show is a contempt for the rights of the individuals involved and a contempt for the Freedom of Information laws of our province.”
Clark has already apologized for how the fired researchers were treated, one of whom committed suicide.
Listen to Adrian Dix on The Jon McComb Show on CKNW here:
No documentation of how government makes decisions
The Vancouver Sun’s Rob Shaw also submitted Freedom of Information requests regarding the health firings. He spoke with McComb this morning about the lack of records over the firings, and what evidence the government has to prove that the firings were legitimate.
“There is s larger issue here that any of us who work covering the government…we put in FOIs, we get some records back on pretty much any topic. But you never get records from the Deputy Minsters or people in the Premier’s office, the ones who actually make the decisions. You can pick pretty much any topic you want, you’ll get a whole bunch of junior staffers or mid-level staffers saying “hey what about this idea, what about that idea”, and then you just get nothing on how the actual decision is made. And whether it’s health firings or something else, that’s the larger issue here is there’s no documentation of how government makes the decision, which is the whole point of the FOI law in the first place.”
Breaking it all down – John McComb spoke with Vaughan Palmer about this latest development in the Freedom of Information scandal hanging over Premier Clark: