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Sister of wrongly fired BC researcher expects nothing from Clark

Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 7:31 am PST

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Sister, of a man who took his own life after being fired by the province, speaks out as Clark resigns

Christy Clark aims to have reached out to Linda Kayfish, who apparently has no record of that

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Linda Kayfish is no longer waiting for a face-to-face apology from former Premier Christy Clark.

Kayfish is the sister of Roderick MacIsaac. He’s the health researcher who took his own life after being fired, without cause, nearly five years ago. She says she was watching Clark’s news conference yesterday when she was asked about a potential meeting between the two.

The news conference was the first time Clark had spoken to the media following last week’s announcement that she is resigning as both leader of the BC Liberals and as MLA.

When the BC election writ was dropped, Clark offered to meet with Kayfish, but after admitting she hasn’t met with her yet, Clark was pressed about it again.

“Are you going to reach out to her again before you leave at the end of the week?”

“I have asked her for meetings several times, but she hasn’t accepted.”

However, Kayfish says she has no record of Clark or anyone from her staff reaching out to her. “No. There’s no messages. I was actually astonished that she said the things they did. I would like to know if we could do an FOI to see all of the times they tried to reach out.”

Kayfish says she’s still demanding accountability from those who knew her brother did nothing wrong, but she’s no longer expecting anything from Clark. “No, I wouldn’t expect anything from her now. This is something that’s beyond her. They’ve had five and a half years to figure out what was going on and come up with answers for us.”

When Clark was asked if she plans to reach out again before her last day as BC Liberal leader on Friday, she said, “I am done with public life.”

A month before he killed himself, MacIsaac was cleared of any wrongdoing, but no one told him that. An earlier report from the provincial ombudsman found the firings to be flawed and rushed.

Kayfish says she’s now hoping Premier John Horgan will help her find the answers she’s been seeking since losing her brother in December of 2012.