FREDERICTON – Lawyers for a doctor who faced a spate of hatred and racism after being accused of violating COVID-19 measures in New Brunswick say time is running out for Prime Minister Blaine Higgs to apologize.
Dr. Jean-Robert Ngola has been charged with violating provincial emergency measures law, but the Crown withdrew charges last week after finding there was no chance of conviction.
In May 2020, in connection with an outbreak that resulted in 40 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, Higgs referred a health care worker who was being investigated by the RCMP for lack of self-isolation. Ngola’s name was later leaked on social media.
Now he and his lawyers are threatening legal action if Higgs does not apologize publicly by the end of this week for the premier’s remarks last year.
Higgs said Tuesday that if Ngola waived his privacy rights, all information on the case could be made public – something Higgs said would end the discussion.
Ngola’s attorney Joel Etienne said in an interview today that Higgs must apologize, adding that a press conference will be held on Friday to discuss his client’s next steps.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 9, 2021.