BCGEU calls for a commission of enquiry in Ministry of Health firings

December 1, 2014

A commission of enquiry should be appointed to examine the government’s conduct around the abrupt firing of eight Ministry of Health workers in May 2012, the BCGEU said today.
“BCGEU is co-operating in the review headed by Marcia McNeil. However, given the concerns expressed about this review’s scope and independence, we now believe a commission of enquiry needs to be appointed,” said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. 
The commission of enquiry should be appointed pursuant to the B.C. Public Inquiry Act.
“Although the government has apologized to the family of Roderick MacIsaac, they need to ensure that this never happens again,” said Smith. “An independent commission of enquiry is the appropriate venue to get to the bottom of what happened.” 
Three of the fired researchers were BCGEU members, including Roderick MacIsaac who later tragically took his own life. 
BCGEU staff will be communicating directly with Mrs McNeill to arrange interviews with union stewards and affected members in the Ministry of Health.