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By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

B.C. Premier Christy Clark. (FILE PHOTO TYLER ORTON/24 HOURS)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark. (FILE PHOTO TYLER ORTON/24 HOURS)

Premier Christy Clark defended her political party’s executive director on Monday as “a person of absolutely sterling character” after questions were raised about links to an Ontario police investigation.

Laura Miller, executive director of the BC Liberals, is the girlfriend of a man now tied to an investigation over deleted emails concerning the Ontario Liberals’ decision to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

Prior to starting with the BC Liberals in October 2013, Miller had — until February last year — served in various roles for the Ontario Liberal Party.

Clark stressed it is not Miller who is under investigation.

“She is a person of the utmost integrity. We’re really, really lucky to have her in B.C.,” Clark told reporters.

“She’s not the target of this investigation.”

Independent MLA Vicki Huntington said she has no concerns with the Liberals’ hiring of Miller.

“If she can transfer her political skills from one province to another, good on her,” she said.

“I would be more concerned if she were working in the premier’s office (in B.C.), because how can you provide the advice you need, if you only know Ontario.”

— with files from QMI Agency

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