Dismissal of Chief Medical Officer of Health Must Be Explained

08 DECEMBER 2015

Fredericton – Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon is calling the government’s dismissal of Dr. Eilish Cleary as New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of House outrageous in a statement released today.

“Dr. Cleary, in her role as doctor to the people of New Brunswick has earned tremendous respect and even affection from New Brunswickers. So many felt such pride in her courageous decision to join the battle against Ebola in Africa. Many felt vindicated when her shale gas report validated their concerns about fracking after the previous government dismissed them as borne of ignorance. Health Minister Boudreau has a responsibility to provide a credible explanation for the decision to remove Dr. Cleary from her position. She has always been willing to directly reach out to New Brunswickers and our communities as our collective physician. It makes one wonder if this didn’t threaten the government’s effort to control its message, particularly given the recent removal and reassignment of the former Director of DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Branch, also without explanation”

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