BC Liberals ignore calls for new ‘quick-wins’ probe 0
Christy Clark's cabinet will be sworn in during a ceremony in Victoria Monday today including her new Minister of Natural Gas Development, a position one expert said will be needed to fulfill Clark's LNG promises. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
The provincial government is refusing to launch another investigation into the ethnic vote scandal following an email showing what members of the BC NDP allege is “hush money” being offered to an unnamed staff member.
The NDP found the email in a stack of documents used by John Dyble in his investigation of the quick-wins scandal, in which the BC Liberals used public resources for partisan purposes.
It referred to an unnamed staff member and suggested the person be offered money to “do non-public work” in order to prevent her from “doing anything that would damage the premier.”
Caucus multicultural liaison Sepideh Sarrafpour is the person the NDP believes the email is referencing.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix said the email shows there are integrity gaps in the review conducted by Dyble.
“They said the review is comprehensive … it’s clear Ms. Sarrafpour is not on the list of witnesses,” said Dix. “The reality is they didn’t do a comprehensive review.”
Dix said the public should know what it is Sarrafpour knows and that the Liberals are trying to hide.
“What is it that was so damaging to them that they wanted it hidden from the public?” he said. “They are simply unable or unwilling to address that question.”
In question period at the legislature Tuesday BC Liberal MLA Andrew Wilkinson repeated the investigation into the ethnic vote scandal was over and insisted no money was ever paid to anyone.
“Where is the evidence that statement in the email is acted upon?” said Wilkinson.