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Valerie Docherty tables two documents saying she did not name social services client

Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty walks to Province House Wednesday before tabling documents she says show she isn't guilty of a confidentiality breach.

After the Opposition accused her of a confidentiality breach, Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty has fired back with documents she says prove she did nothing wrong.

The issue revolved around an accusation from Opposition house leader Steven Myers that Docherty named a social services client during a South Shore Chamber of Commerce meeting in April.

Docherty tabled two letters she said were proof she didn’t, including one from South Shore Chamber of Commerce president Marion Miller.

“I am writing to express my outrage and displeasure that persons are using our meetings to attack one of our guest speakers, Honourable Valerie Docherty,” Miller said in the letter.

Miller wrote that Myers didn’t attend the meeting or didn’t call to verify his information and she questioned his integrity in making a public statement accusing Docherty of naming a social services assistance client.

“He who lives in glass houses should not throw stones,” Miller said.

In her letter, Miller said Myers’ remarks were “defaming, degrading gossip” that were associated with the chamber and Docherty.

Miller added she would pursue further action publicly, provincially and nationally if Myers continued to say Docherty named a client at the meeting.

Another letter was signed by 11 people who attended the meeting and said Docherty didn’t mention any names of any of her department’s clients.

“I am clearly indicating my strong disagreement with Steven Myers’ inaccurate statement by signing this letter,” the letter read, followed by 11 signatures.

Docherty also tabled details of a visit Opposition Leader Olive Crane and Myers made to a facility that houses children who are wards of the province.

During Tuesday’s question period, Docherty talked about the visit, to which Myers responded he and Crane talked to a worker and didn’t go further than a parking lot.

But Docherty said what she tabled Wednesday came from two of the staff who were at the facility when Myers and Crane visited.

The third document said staff confirmed several people, including Crane and several people they didn’t recognize, went to the door at one of the residences, but were told they couldn’t go into the building.

According to the document, another staff member confirmed Crane and the people with her spoke with the employee in the driveway as they were walking to a second group home at the site.

Organizations: South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Community Services, Opposition house

Geographic location: April.Docherty

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  • don
    November 29, 2012 - 20:09

    Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty what a poor excuess for a minister. your biggest trouble is you have NO idea what the word "confidentiality breach" means. look it up. i know hell we all know that your government will NEVER EVER ADMIT you are wrong. but your grand children will know poor kids.

  • watch out
    November 29, 2012 - 19:05

    You better watch out Mr. Myers that our "DAINTY" little Mrs.Docherty doesn't get you outside in the hallway and catscrtch you or have we all forgotten just how childish she can be.And ya, i think she said that episode didn't happen!!!!!!!

  • Big bird
    November 29, 2012 - 12:08

    Is this the same person that was a former liberal mla. Another spin.

  • Children
    November 29, 2012 - 11:35

    Just one more reason why I will vote Liberal next election as long as Crane is leader......and why oh why did you good people in Meyers riding vote that in......

  • Larry Hughes
    November 29, 2012 - 11:27

    Now Mr. Myers, are you man enough to say sorry?

  • To Myers
    November 29, 2012 - 11:20

    Myer's should publicly apologize although we know he is too much like Crane to do so. He fits well in her party.

  • Joe Blow
    November 29, 2012 - 11:19

    Ever cute....Docherty called in a favor with a party supporter and got her to right a nasty letter to say how great Docherty is and how mean and awful Mr Myers is for doing his job, asking questions!!! This is another Liberal fabrication and just more spin by our crooked and dishonest government. If there is reason to question the minister....then there is more than likely good reason for it. Mr Myers isn't going to make stuff up for no reason....but he IS going to try to get to the bottom of things when the picture doesn't look right! This Liberal government has done nothing but lie to us.....this is simply more of those lies!!! Docherty is one of the guilty parties...she practices dishonest politics just like the rest of her party!!