Speaker should have acted sooner on alleged misdeeds
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