Premier's hacking allegations hit close to home for sister of Roderick MacIsaac
'It's similar to what happened 4 years ago...She's making accusations without evidence,' says Linda Kayfish
Linda Kayfish says watching Premier Christy Clark make unsubstantiated claims of hacking, only to play contrite and apologize later, hits too close to home.
"It's very similar to what happened four-and-half years ago," said Kayfish. "The premier holds the highest office and she's making accusations without evidence? She can't do that."
In 2012, Kayfish's brother, Roderick MacIsaac, was one of eight health researchers fired by the province over alleged privacy breaches.
No evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the researchers has ever been found. MacIsaac committed suicide in 2013.
Last week, Clark accused the B.C. NDP of illegal hacking. On Friday she issued an apology.
'I lose hope'
It was too much for Kayfish.
"I open my browsers and read the news showing that you have learned nothing from the destruction your government has wrought on my family," she wrote.
"I am tired of waiting. You have worn me down. I lose hope. I understand how Roderick must have felt towards the end."
In an interview with CBC News, Kayfish said she hopes the premier responds to her letter with real information.
"I expected that when she got up and said she would get to the bottom of this for me. That was 2014. I'm still hanging," she said.
"I really hope they will come forward and give some answers. Who's responsible? Who's accountable?"
Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the RCMP was never given evidence by the government to investigate the alleged wrongdoings, which were used to justify the firings.
The RCMP say they tried repeatedly to get information from the province but it never came. They officially closed their file on the case in July 2014.
In 2015, B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake sent the matter to the provincial ombudsman for an investigation after rejecting calls for a public inquiry. No report has been issued.
Kayfish says British Columbians have a right to expect better from their government.
"The [accusations against the researchers] were made public at first by their representative. Why don't they want to clear the air?" she asked in the interview.
"Why can't they stand up and tell us what went on?"
CBC News has reached out to the premier's office for comment.