Update: B.C. Premier John Horgan reacts to allegations in Plecas report

Darya Zargar / January 24, 2019

Plecas claimed the pair took “inappropriate” cash payouts of the cash in leu vacation.(Source / Flickr(University of the Fraser Valley))

B.C. Premier John Horgan answered questions from the media regarding the bombshell report released by House Speaker Darryl Plecas on Jan 21st.

Horgan also addressed comments made by Opposition, Leader Andrew Wilkinson, about a need for unity.

Horgan went on to explain that his relationship with suspended Clerk, Craig James, was not a close one.

“I had the honor to be leader of the opposition and now Premier. For 14 years Mr. James never visited me, not in my office, not in my home. He didn’t expense visits to me. He did it to Christie Clark when she wasn’t even a member of this place.”

John HorganPremier of British Columbia

Horgan took particular issue with aspects of the report that referenced former Premiere Christy Clark and other past members of the BC Legislature.

“…to see in Mr. Plecas report that Mr. James expensed visits to see a former premier and a former speaker after they left this place and allegations of truckloads of alcohol being delivered to a former member of this legislature is absolutely appalling.”

John Horgan Premier of British Columbia

The story so far:

Watches, expensive suits, and a wood chipper are just a few of the items found on a detailed 76-page report released Monday.

The questionable expenses have left two of B.C.’s top officials in the hot seat. These allegations, if proven, could be classified as one of the largest political controversies in years.

Speaker Darryl Plecas, accused B.C. House Clerk, Craig James and Sergeant-at-arms, Gary Lenz  of “flagrant overspending”and being in charge of potentially “unjustified terminations.”

“These matters are not simply bare allegations. They are based on my personal observations, interviews with others, and where I have been able to corroborate them with reference to documents and records I could access at the Legislative Assembly within the time constraints that I have been working under, I have done so.”- Darryl Plecas, House Speaker

Plecas also mentioned that he felt obligated to share these matters with the RCMP and asked them to decide whether or not their conduct was illegal.

“I believed that there was a real possibility that crimes may have been committed and I felt obligated to bring those matters to the attention of the RCMP. As is widely known, there is an RCMP investigation under way. That investigation is being handled by the police and special prosecutors have been appointed to receive any report that the police make regarding potential charges.”- Darryl Plecas, House Speaker