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Fletcher is as right-wing as they come for a columnist in BC. My hunch he already is or he will soon be pushing for Conservatives to replace the Liberals in BC
B.C. VIEWS: Speaker Darryl Plecas splits legislature looting spree open
Clerk of the House Craig James (left) accompanies Speaker Darryl Plecas to the B.C. legislature chamber after Plecas’s surprise election to the position, September, 2017. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press/pool)
Rockpile roiled, as speaker reveals Victoria’s spending secrets
Luxury overseas travel. Expensive custom-tailored suits, shiny watches and major league baseball tickets. A log-splitter. Schemes to collect insurance benefits, retirement allowances and pay-in-lieu of vacation. All on the public tab.
Clerk Craig James and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz have a lot to answer to, after Speaker Darryl Plecas followed through on his pledge to reveal some of the reasons why he went to the RCMP, which is investigating the Nov. 20-suspended officials.
Plecas’s outrageous 76-page report, published Jan. 21, contains shocking revelations on almost every page. Plecas said it is the tip of the iceberg.
“The impact that all of this has all had on taxpayers, I want us to get to a place where we get our money back,” Plecas said at an event in his Abbotsford South riding, two days after the Legislative Assembly Management Committee agreed to publish the report, seek a forensic audit by an out-of-province auditor, review workplace policies and procedures and consider whether James and Lenz should be fired outright. The two officials, suspended with full pay and benefits, have until Feb. 1 to respond to the report. They maintain they did no wrong.
Whoever reached out to Plecas after the election to make him Speaker should be given an award as Darryl is an NDP gift that just keeps on giving. If the Nanaimo riding was ever in doubt for the NDP (which I doubt it was) Plecas’ Report will definitely be giving the NDP a solid victory on Wednesday nite With such a devastating report I am wondering how much it is going to diminish the Liberal vote
Darryl Plecas aims to bring more dirt to light by lifting non-disclosure agreements
Upwards of 20 former B.C. Legislature employees have come forward with stories of potential wrongdoing
Karin Larsen · CBC News · Posted: Jan 28, 2019 2:28 PM PT | Last Updated: a minute ago
A view of the exterior of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Victoria, taken in December, 2017.(Mike McArthur/CBC)
On the heels of his bombshell report alleging gross overspending and mismanagement by two senior officers of the B.C. Legislative Assembly, Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas is likely to lift the non-disclosure agreements signed by former staff who claim they were terminated for attempting to blow the whistle on the financial excesses.
"We've had a number of employees both past and present come forward to us as early as back in the summer with some pretty startling allegations, namely that they were terminated without cause [and] basically instructed to sign non-disclosure agreements to receive some severance," said special adviser to the Speaker Allen Mullen.
"Now, essentially, what they're alleging is that they were terminated for asking questions regarding finances and trips, improprieties of that nature. That's just not OK."
The Plecas report, released last Monday, alleges Clerk Craig James and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz soaked the taxpayer for lavish trips and questionable expenses, while padding their paycheques with outrageous retirement payments and cash-for-vacation schemes, among other things.
From left, Speaker Darryl Plecas, suspended Clerk Craig James, and suspended Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz.(Gregor Craigie/CBC)
This should be interesting
And the Liberals are going to win Nanaimo. I don't think so.
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Nice perks, eh!
Who do these clowns think they are kidding trying to justify the use of taxpayer’s money like this!
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