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B.C. committee approves misconduct probe of top legislature officials

VICTORIA — Two suspended officials at British Columbia’s legislature now face an independent misconduct review as well as an ongoing RCMP investigation.

Members of the all-party Legislative Assembly Management Committee voted unanimously to appoint a top legal official to determine if clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz breached their administrative duties.

Lenz and James have been suspended with pay since November after members of the legislature learned of an RCMP investigation and the appointment of two special prosecutors.

A report last month by Speaker Darryl Plecas outlined allegations of spending abuses by James and Lenz that included lavish foreign trips, clothing perks and topped up retirement and vacation pay outs.

James and Lenz have denied any wrongdoing and responded in writing to the allegations.

The committee voted unanimously Thursday to publicly release a series of reports by Plecas, including the responses from Lenz and James, as the investigations continue.





The Canadian Press