Speaker of B.C. leg­is­la­ture threat­ens to re­sign, calls sit­u­a­tion a ‘cir­cus’

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Vic­to­ria: The Speaker of Bri­tish Columbia’s leg­is­la­ture says he’ll re­sign if fi­nan­cial au­dits be­ing done don’t re­sult in out­rage from the pub­lic and tax­pay­ers. Dar­ryl Ple­cas made his state­ments dur­ing an all-party com­mit­tee meet­ing that is grap­pling with the fall­out of a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion that saw the leg­is­la­ture’s top two of­fi­cials placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. Ple­cas told mem­bers of the com­mit­tee that he can’t dis­cuss the rea­sons be­hind the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but wel­comes an au­dit of the books “be­cause they need to be ex­am­ined.” Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and house clerk Craig James were es­corted from the build­ing last month af­ter the mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture voted unan­i­mously to place them on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave be­cause of the RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Lenz and James have de­nied any wrong­do­ing and their lawyer has de­manded they be al­lowed to re­turn to their jobs while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.ple­cas says soon af­ter he was ap­pointed Speaker last year he was made aware of is­sues that war­ranted him to do his due dili­gence on be­half of tax­pay­ers.the lawyer for Lenz and James couldn’t im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment. Two spe­cial pros­e­cu­tors were ap­pointed on Oct. 1, but the RCMP has not com­mented be­yond stat­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volves “the ac­tiv­i­ties of se­nior staff at the Bri­tish Columbia leg­is­la­ture.’’

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