STATEMENT ON MEDIA REPORTS ABOUT COMMISSIONER OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick NDP is calling for immediate action on two fronts regarding recent details about a case involving the Commissioner of Official Languages and a contract employee of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Employees should not be punished before an investigation into any violation is complete and, in the case of the employee in question, the fact the employee was performing an assigned task must be taken into account.

“While the details of this case are being investigated the employee must be reinstated,” said New Brunswick NDP President Charles Doucet.

The NDP also believes that the Commissioner should not be investigating her own complaints. “We expect a certain standard of professionalism and ethics from Officers of the Legislature. They should recuse themselves from investigations they have initiated and engage a third party, to ensure impartiality,” said Doucet.