Barnett calls out health minister for ignoring senior

VICTORIA (March 13, 2018) Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett stood in the Legislature for the second time this month to defend 90-year-old Rudolph Dunst of Lone Butte.

“I have been forced to bring this matter to the attention of the minister twice in the Legislature due to a complete lack of action on this file. Two weeks ago the minister promised to review the matter ‘in the coming days’ and speak directly with the family. Nothing has happened since then. Today the minister told me it was inappropriate to stick up for Mr. Dunst.”

On March 13th Barnett questioned health minister Adrian Dix for the second time about providing assistance to Dunst who is facing a $20,000 bill for emergency airfare following his evacuation from last summer’s wildfires.

“I have been trying to resolve this matter for months and stalling for more time is no longer an option,” Barnett added. “I think the minister owes Mr. Dunst an apology at the very least.”

Dunst and his 87-year-old wife were forced to evacuate during last summer’s wildfires. They were able to find accommodation in Whitehorse but he was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a heart condition. He required a procedure that could not be performed in Whitehorse and was airlifted to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver via Yukon Air.

First question on March 1st and second on March 13th

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