Gerry Rogers Question Period (06.05.2012)

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, in the case of Mr. Eddie Taylor, Judge Dymond ordered that while incarcerated at Her Majesty's Penitentiary Mr. Taylor be allowed to continue to see his own psychiatrist and continue to take his own medications, as prescribed by his doctor.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the Premier: Why is this government appealing that order and wanting to stop inmates with mental health issues from seeing their own medical professionals?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. F. COLLINS: Mr. Speaker, I realize that the hon. member is new to the House –

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MR. F. COLLINS: – but to raise a question on privacy issues that was just mentioned –

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MR. F. COLLINS: – she knows full well that I, as Attorney General, cannot respond to a question of a specific situation and situations occurring in any court in this Province. Mr. Speaker, I just cannot respond to her question.

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John's Centre.

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, this is a very public issue. In March 2011, the Office of the Citizens' Representative released their report on the psychiatric services of Her Majesty's Penitentiary. The government then committed to an independent peer review. On May 1, in Estimates Committee, the minister promised he would table the report of that review in a timely fashion. Mr. Speaker, we know the review is done.

I ask the Minister of Justice: Will he release this report before this session of the House closes?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. F. COLLINS: Mr. Speaker, I would certainly like to clear up a misconception here from the beginning that I never said at the Estimates we would table the report of the review. I certainly never said that because we do not know what that review will contain in terms of private peer information. A lot of stuff in peer information is not public. We will examine that review when we get it to determine what we can reveal and what we cannot.

Having said that, Mr. Speaker, the member is absolutely correct. The groundwork is done; we had recent communications with the reviewer. He is in the process of collating his material, getting the report written. We expect it in a very timely fashion. As a matter of fact, we expect it very soon, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The time for Question Period has expired.

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