Statement: Information for witnesses in Ombudsperson’s investigation into the Ministry of Health employment termination matter

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Victoria – The Office of the Ombudsperson has published information for witnesses in the Ministry of Health employment termination matter being investigated under section 10(3) of the Ombudsperson Act.

Pursuant to the Act, witnesses may be called to furnish information and provide testimony under oath.

The attached guide is included in the witness information package to help witnesses understand the interview process and to allow timely contact with us for any questions or concerns. The Ombudsperson conducts fact-finding investigations that are confidential, non-adjudicative, and non-adversarial.

While the Office of the Ombudsperson does not reimburse legal fees, government has established an indemnity available to all witnesses in this investigation. The indemnity covers some legal expenses that those witnesses may incur.

The Office of the Ombudsperson consulted with government to ensure the indemnity for legal fees respects both the confidentiality of our investigation and of its witnesses. As such, the government-allocated funds for the indemnity will be administered independently by a Coverage Administrator at arms-length from both government and the Office of the Ombudsperson. The Coverage Administrator is Vancouver lawyer Howard Kushner who served as Ombudsman of British Columbia from 1999 to 2006.

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Information for witnesses attached.

External link to government indemnity:

Media Contact: Brad Densmore, Outreach Information and Education Officer | 250 356 7740


Date Tuesday, February 23, 2016