“I think that the government should recognize that if they really want to get to the bottom of this they got to suck it up and protect the people they abused in the first instance.”
The leader of the NDP says investigation into the 2012 wrongful firings of eight health workers is threatening to fall apart if the province doesn’t make some things right.
“I don’t think that is fair. They don’t think that is fair and they are not likely to participate under these circumstances.”
John Horgan says the playing field favours the government staff who wronged the workers because provincial staff…
“Have complete access to legal services and complete access to documents. Those that were fired, those that were smeared, those that were allegedly under investigation when they were not they do not get access to documents unless they use freedom of information and they are not getting legal services that the other individuals involved in this fiasco do.”
He says the playing field is tilted against the seven wrongfully fired workers and the sister of the eighth.
“There is no dollar figure on the services they get from the Attorney General’s ministry. There is no dollar figure on their ability to access information. There is no dollar figure on their support systems within government. So there is a disparity here and an inequality. Those that were aggrieved have little protection. Those that did the damage gave complete protection.”
Horgan says the wrongfully fired workers don’t have access to documents, legal funding, and are being treated unfairly again.
“Linda Kayfish has been asked to demonstrate that the release of documents are in the best interest of her brother. Her brother is dead. How is she going to prove that. She wants to get justice. She came to the legislature two years ago and said who did this and why. Those are simple questions that require simple answers and the Liberals have complicated this to the point we will never get to the bottom of it and I think that is just what they want.”
Roderick MacIsaac took his own life shortly after being fired.
The Ombudsperson’s office has been charged with getting to the bottom of the scandal.
The Attorney General’s office says provincial government staff called as witnesses will have no access to government resources.