WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Liberal party is asking the Pallister Government for a full inquiry into the death David Fifi.
Liberal Leader and MLA for St. Boniface, Dougald Lamont, is asking for the inquiry after new evidence has emerged that the Thompson worker died from exposures to toxic gases at work, and not of natural causes as a previous coroner’s report had stated.
Fifi died 10 years ago, on November 6th, 2008. He had been working at Comstock Canada in Thompson as a boilermaker, and suffered multiple accidental exposures to poisonous gases in the days prior to his death. The evidence was reviewed by forensic examiner Dr. Peter Markestyn, who made it clear in a letter to the Worker’s Compensation Board that the cause of death was accidental, and not a heart attack.
Manitoba Liberals say that the only way to get to the truth of Fifi’s death, workplace safety issues in Thompson, and the secrecy surrounding it is through a public inquiry.
Liberals are saying the evidence suggests that there may have been other incidents, and many other workers affected.