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By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

The provincial health ministry has admitted it made a 'mistake' in firing employee over data breach. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

The provincial health ministry has admitted it made a 'mistake' in firing employee over data breach. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

A Vancouver Island politician who was fired by the provincial government after a Ministry of Health data breach has now settled the case out of court.

In a statement, the provincial government said its firing of View Royal Coun. Ron Mattson — who was in 2012 a manager at the ministry as well — was a “regrettable mistake.”

Mattson, 61, was one of seven employees disciplined in relation to the data breach that affected millions of British Columbians when information was sent without authorization to a third party.

“The government regrets any hardship and possible loss of reputation which Mr. Mattson endured,” said the Ministry of Health.

The ministry added all but two the employees have now settled with the province.

Mattson said in court documents he was never privy to the ministry data and had no “signing authority,” but was suspended without pay and fired shortly after.

“I accept the government’s statement of regret and its acknowledgement that my dismissal was a mistake,” Mattson said by email, adding he’s looking forward to retirement. I am relieved my name has been cleared and my reputation restored.”

 

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