The BC Legislature Clerk, Craig James, said he was blindsided when he and the Sergeant-at-Arms, Gary Lenz were removed from the House last Wednesday by RCMP.
“I am left in the position of not being able to respond because no-one has told me what the allegations are, or asked me for my side of the story…I have been deeply impacted by what has occurred as has my wife, my family, friends, and relatives.” – Craig James, Office of the Clerk of the Legistlative Assembly.
Both James and Lenz addressed media at their Lawyers building in Downtown Vancouver Monday. The two called to be reinstated to their positions pending the outcome of an investigation that’s currently underway.
It’s still not publicly known why they were suspended.
Following a unanimous vote by MLA’s during the morning of November 21st, NDP House Leader Mike Farnworth announced the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms would be immediately removed. Both were placed on paid leave.