Man arrested for alleged assault at MLA’s Vancouver office
British Columbia New Democrat Party (NDP) leader Adrian Dix seen here with MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert (R) while campaigning in Vancouver, British Columbia May 11, 2013. (REUTERS)
Police have arrested a 53-year-old man after an intoxicated individual entered BC NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert’s Denman St. office Friday and allegedly assaulted a staff member after yelling anti-homosexual slurs.
The Vancouver Police Department said the man was released on a promise to appear and is facing charges.
The Vancouver Hate Crimes Unit is also investigating.
Chandra Herbert, the NDP’s environment critic, issued a statement about the alleged incident Monday.
"On Friday, February 21st, a man came into my Vancouver West End constituency office demanding to see me, his MLA,” he said. “After expressing his hatred towards the rainbow flag, which flies at the community centre across the street, and the rainbow flag in my office, he shouted homophobic slurs at my constituency assistant, punched a hole in my office door, and then assaulted him.”
Chandra Herbert pointed out if such an incident can happen at a government office it can happen anywhere. He added he would be boosting efforts to make sure the government is taking steps to support all communities in the province.