NDP wants B.C. Liberal cabinet ministers investigated in wake of John Dyble report
The B.C. NDP says the provincial government's probe of the B.C. Liberals' controversial draft ethnic outreach plan didn't go far enough, because its conclusions are limited to the public service.
“The investigation out of the premier’s office was substantive in that it found very significant and serious violations occurred,” NDP house leader John Horgan said in a news release today (March 14). “But the report acknowledges the investigation had a limited scope and was not able to investigate all of the allegations or everyone involved.
“A proper investigation would look at cabinet, caucus, the party, and previous employees," Horgan added.
Released today, deputy minister John Dyble's review of the draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan found that government resources were used improperly and that officials breached standards of conduct for public servants.
The leaked outreach plan proposed the use of government resources for partisan political purposes. It referred to apologizing to ethnic communities for historic wrongs as “quick wins”.
"BC Public Service employees may participate in political activities, but these activities must clearly be separated from activities related to their employment. Partisan politics are not to be introduced into the workplace. In addition, the partisan documents that were shared between government employees and caucus were sent back and forth between government and personal email accounts and computers, inconsistent with core policy and the appropriate use of government resources," Dyble wrote in his report.
Horgan said the NDP wants a broader, independent investigation into the scandal. His party is asking B.C.'s attorney general to act right away on the report's recommendations.