CALGARY, AB (February 5, 2015): Dr. David Swann says the claims of the former Chief Medical Examiner are part of a disturbing pattern of political interference in the public service by the government.
A statement of claim filed by Alberta’s former Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Anny Sauvageau alleges that senior officials attempted to interfere with the normal processes of her office, and that when she spoke out about this interference, she was removed from her position.
“This fits an all too common pattern of political interference and intimidation of the public service” says Swann. “Bullying dissent into silence continues despite all the management changes.”
Swann first raised this issue of Sauvageau’s allegations in Question Period during last fall’s legislature session. Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said there was no need for an investigation into the claims made by the former senior department official.
“The allegations were serious, but the minister’s response was laughable,” says Swann. “Now, they have a lawsuit on their hands.”
“The credibility of a member of cabinet is in question,” says Swann. “It is a story we’ve heard before, and it doesn’t end well for anyone.”