NDP MLA Adrian Dix is calling for B.C.’s ombudsperson to re-interview Premier Christy Clark on the Health Ministry firings.
Jay Chalke’s report into the 2012 wrongful dismissal of eight government researchers came out Thursday.
The report found the government’s actions had hurt the researchers both personally and professionally, and that it had misled the public about a non-existent RCMP investigation.
Dix says the testimony made by Clark in that report directly contradicts what she later told reporters.
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“Well if you read pages 135 and 157 of the report they say that Premier Clark did not recall ever being briefed about the decision to terminate the employees. When she talked to reporters last week, she said quote ‘well I did ask a lot of questions at the time. Assurances that we all received that they were absolutely justified.’ Well, one of these statements is false.”
Dix says he has sent a letter to Chalke asking him to help determine exactly how much the Premier knew about the firings.
“This report which is devastating to read for the researchers, and devastating in it shows that government behaving so viciously, so without principle, either she recalls it and she did ask a lot of questions and was involved in it, or she did not recall it, but they both can’t be true.”
He says he has yet to receive a reply.
The government has since apologized to the fired workers, a mea culpa the report found took too long to be issued.
Linda Kayfish, whose brother Roderick McIsaac took his own life amid the unfounded accusations of wrongdoing, and the other workers say they’re still angry no one has been held to account for the incident.
CKNW has reached out to the Premier’s office for comment.