Prosecutor named to B.C. government 'quick wins' scandal probe 0
B.C. Premier Christy Clark speak to the media after an emergency cabinet meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday March 3, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
A special prosecutor has been appointed to oversee an investigation into the ethnic outreach scandal, according to a Criminal Justice Branch release.
David Butcher, a senior counsel in Vancouver, has been given the appointment.
The release said Butcher was appointed Aug. 29 after a request from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigating the scandal.
The Mounties began investigating the scandal regarding “matter arising” out of a Review of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan completed in March.
According to the release the investigation could include members of government or government employees, making a special prosecutor necessary to avoid any perceived influence on the probe.
The CJB said the announcement was not made until Thursday to safeguard the “integrity of the investigation.”
Early this year, leaked documents released by the BC NDP showed the BC Liberals had used public resources to develop a party strategy on reaching out to ethnic voters.
After an internal review several staff members resigned and the party said it would pay back about $70,000 to taxpayers.