NDP MLA Jenny Kwan returns after self-imposed exile
BC NDP Jenny Kwan speaks out in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday May 7, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI / 24 HOURS)
BC NDP MLA Jenny Kwan returned to the legislature Wednesday after taking a leave of absence following revelations stemming from the Portland Hotel Society expense scandal.
Two financial reviews flagged the use of the organization’s money for portions of trips that Kwan participated in.
Kwan paid back nearly $35,000 before taking a leave of absence, saying she did not know the money was from the society and that her estranged husband Dan Small, who was an executive for PHS, had told her he had used his own money.
But when Kwan was asked by reporters in Victoria how she could be unaware of such spending, she stressed that the good work of the Portland Hotel Society needs to be the focus.
“What I hope is that people will focus on the work that needs to be done,” Kwan said. “We need to focus on what needs to be done to forge ahead to make sure that the people have the services that they need.”
Kwan described the situation as upsetting and difficult, but said she had taken responsibility for any involvement.