Speaker should have acted sooner on al­leged mis­deeds

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Speaker Dar­ryl Ple­cas is paint­ing him­self as the shin­ing knight of the out-of-con­trol spend­ing sit­u­a­tion at the leg­is­la­ture.

Hav­ing been aware of seem­ingly sig­nif­i­cant spend­ing im­pro­pri­eties since last June, a num­ber of steps should have been taken im­me­di­ately: ad­vise the premier, rec­om­mend an ex­ter­nal au­dit and deny any ex­pen­di­tures by the two leg­isla­tive of­fi­cers with­out prior ap­proval.

As soon as there was rea­son­able in­for­ma­tion that the sit­u­a­tion was likely crim­i­nal, have the po­lice no­ti­fied and take the lead.

Car­ry­ing on a seven-month in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and al­low­ing the of­fend­ing be­hav­iours to con­tinue unchecked was beyond ir­re­spon­si­ble. Ple­cas knew that a re­call cam­paign was in the works in his rid­ing and the longer he stayed in the leg­is­la­ture the bet­ter for him, es­pe­cially if he could be seen as a hero. Shame on him. Dan Bezan­son, West Van­cou­ver

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