Eilish Cleary supporters launch campaign for her reinstatement

17 DECEMBER 2015

CTV Atlantic
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Supporters of Dr. Eilish Cleary have created a checklist of MLAs to be quizzed on whether they want the former New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health reinstated.

“We’re making a list and were checking it twice,” said Ron Tremblay, Chief of Wolastoq Grand Council.

That, along with a variety of pointed Christmas cards meant to add pressure on what's become a government headache.

“I wish they would come to their senses because we need her to speak on behalf of the public,” said Tremblay.

Doctors, academics and organizations have all signed a statement asking for Dr. Cleary’s return.

Maggie Connell of the Council of Canadians says their message is simple.

“We want Dr. Cleary back, we will have Dr. Cleary back, were insisting on it, and we will go the distance, as far as we need to go, to get her back,” she said.

The provincial government says they have nothing new to add, maintaining it’s an HR issue.

New Brunswick Green Party Leader David Coon says he may introduce a debatable motion to keep the issue alive in the legislature, but would be asking Dr. Cleary first.

“Ultimately it comes down to respecting her wishes on this, and so I would ask her and if she said yes, I'd go seeking a seconder,” said Coon.

Dr. Cleary says she's not providing comment as her legal council is still examining the issue, adding she will have more to say in the future.