The Province of British Columbia is responding to the report of the Office of the Ombudsperson with the following statement:
Statement from Kim Henderson, Deputy Minister to the Premier and head of the B.C. Public Service:
“The Government of British Columbia thanks the Ombudsperson and his office for this report. It provides a definitive account of events for which the public service must be accountable.
“This extensive review has allowed the Ombudsperson to come to findings that show the failings of multiple departments. The Ombudsperson’s report brings particular focus to the clear responsibilities within the public service.
“On behalf of the Public Service of British Columbia, I want to offer an unqualified and comprehensive apology to all who were adversely affected by public service conduct.
“Government will fully review the report, findings, and recommendations; but there is no question the public service must use this report as the basis for significant and meaningful action and changes.
“I am committed to taking measures that address the report, and where appropriate go further, to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”