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Horgan vows to correct mistakes following 2012 health firings scandal

Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 7:03 am PST

(Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130)
Summary

New BC premier says he'll do what he can to help the family of a fired health researcher

Linda Kayfish has yet to receive an apology from the BC Liberals after her brother took his own life

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Premier John Horgan is offering to help a woman waiting nearly five years to find out why her dead brother was wrongly fired as a health researcher by the Christy Clark government.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this black mark on the public service is a thing of the past and it’s not repeated in the future.”

Horgan is referring to Linda Kayfish’s ongoing search for an explanation after her brother Roderick MacIsaac took his own life in December of 2012 — one month after he was cleared of any wrongdoing, however, no one told him.

“We will ensure that the legacy of Rod MacIsaac and the reputation of those individuals unfairly treated by the Clark Liberals are appropriately cared for and that their jobs are there for them when they need them.”

Earlier this week, Clark was asked if she was going to reach out to Kayfish again before leaving BC politics this Friday. “I am done with public life”

Clark told reporters she repeatedly reached out to Kayfish, however, she says she has no record of Clark or anyone from her staff calling her.

Horgan says he believes her. “I find her to be a brave and courageous woman and I would take her word that if she doesn’t believe she’s been adequately approached by the Christy Clark group, then I would be inclined to believe her.”

Horgan also says his new NDP government will ensure the reputations of all the researchers affected by the 2012 BC Liberals health firings scandal are restored.