07/15/2015 01:20 EDT | Updated 07/15/2016 05:59 EDT

B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke outlines concerns about health firings probe

British Columbia's Ombudsperson Jay Chalke appeared this morning before the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services in Victoria to outline his concerns about probing the health firings scandal.

Earlier this month, Health Minister Terry Lake asked the all-party committee to refer the issue to Chalke's office.

But Chalke said earlier he's concerned his hands might be tied from doing a proper investigation, arguing that the province might have to pass a new law.

One of his chief concerns is that his office doesn't have the authority to compel testimony from employees who have signed confidentiality agreements.

CBC reporter Richard Zussman's liveblog from the hearing