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Forests minister recovering from broken nose, concussion after being knocked to the ground

Katrine Conroy was knocked down near the legislature on Dec. 7. Victoria police have not determined whether it was deliberate or an accident.
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Katrine Conroy is seen in a file photo from November 2018. Conroy, the forests minister, was injured when she was knocked to the ground on Dec. 7, 2021. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

B.C.’s forestry minister says she is still recovering from a concussion and broken nose after she was knocked to the ground outside the legislature last month.

The update was the first time Katrine Conroy has publicly shared the extent of her injuries.

“I’m well on my way to a full recovery and very happy to be back at work and especially to be able to be part of today’s announcement,” she said during a press conference on old-growth logging deferrals.

The premier’s office had previously said Conroy was “knocked to the ground” as she walked home from the legislature on the evening of Dec. 7.

At the time, Victoria police said investigators were working to determine whether the incident involved a criminal motive or was an accident. They wanted to talk to a passerby who assisted the minister in the hopes he or she could help with the investigation.

Const. Cam MacIntyre said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.

“The Good Samaritan has not yet come forward,” MacIntyre said. “There have been no arrests.”

Conroy thanked everyone for their support and well wishes and extended gratitude for everyone who helped her at the time and during her recovery.

Police ask anyone who has information about the incident and has not yet spoken to investigators to call the VicPD report desk at 250-995-7654, extension 1, or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com