P.E.I. man breaks down in court as he describes firing for political reasons

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CHARLOTTETOWN - The impact of political discrimination was revealed in a P.E.I. court Tuesday as John MacTavish outlined the pain and suffering he has endured since being fired for his political beliefs.
MacTavish, of Montague, P.E.I., broke down and cried as he talked about the ''long and miserable'' journey he's been on since losing his job as an asphalt raker with the Department of Transportation and Public Works in 1997.
He wiped away tears as he discussed the support he has received from his family, including his wife, Marie, and children, Michael and Charis, all of whom were in the front row in P.E.I. Supreme Court.
He talked about the struggles of trying to provide for his family and turning to alcohol and becoming a heavy drinker.
''I was tossed aside like a dirty sock,'' he said.
MacIntosh said the loss of his job, the drinking, and the public humiliation forced him into bankruptcy and his family had to turn to social assistance to survive.
Both MacTavish and the P.E.I. government have agreed to the hearing as a way of settling the last remaining political discrimination case stemming from the wholesale purge of hundreds of provincial government employees following the 1996 election win of Conservative Premier Pat Binns.
Hundreds of other similar cases have already been settled.
MacTavish, a Liberal, remains the last case to be settled.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Public Works

Geographic location: P.E.I., CHARLOTTETOWN, Montague

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