Provincial election campaigns get underway in a matter of days, but first a long-awaited report into the 2012 health firings scandal is expected to surface this week.
At the time, eight health researchers were fired after the BC Liberal government publicly alleged a mishandling of sensitive health data.
The province also claimed an RCMP probe was underway which ultimately led to one of the researchers, Roderick MacIsaac, committing suicide.
It was later learned the RCMP had never begun any investigation.
Back in 2015, provincial Ombudsperson Jay Chalke was appointed to dig into what went wrong.
LISTEN: Jon McComb and legislative reporter Rob Shaw discuss the coming report
Global News Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey says the exact timing of his report is still up in the air.
“The buzz is that it’s a very lengthy report, a comprehensive one, and somewhat complex, and therefore he may want to arrange a way for people to absorb all the information rather than just put it in a news release.”
His report is expected to be a lengthy one, but Baldrey suggests the issue may not make a big impact in the election.
“I’d be surprised if it did because there’s so many issues crowding the plate here. The NDP for example has three attack ads out this week on television that go after Christy Clark on issues such as corporate campaign donations, the issue of housing, and contributions to the Liberals from B.C. developers.”
The scandal also forced the province to spend a lot of money on settlements in court.