Report of Speaker Darryl Plecas

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Report of Speaker Darryl Plecas

I thought I would post the report itself instead of the pundits views of it.

2. Broadly speaking, the matters which gave me concern related both to certain specific conduct of the Clerk and the Sergeant-at-Arms, as well as the functioning and culture of the Legislative Assembly as a workplace more generally. As detailed in this Preliminary Report, what I have observed at this stage, and been informed of includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• flagrant overspending on luxurious trips overseas with questionable business rationales;

• expensing of all manner of personal purchases to the Legislative Assembly, totalling tens of thousands of dollars over a period of less than two years;

• inappropriate payouts of cash in lieu of vacation, which appear to total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars;

• lack of oversight or appropriate protocols in the awarding of employment benefits, and evidence of attempts to obtain highly questionable further benefits, collectively representing actual or contingent liabilities to the Legislative Assembly totalling in the millions of dollars;

• using working time to make day or overnight trips away from the Legislative Assembly, at the Legislative Assembly’s expense, for what appear to be other than legitimate work purposes;

• instances where thousands of dollars of alcohol and equipment may have been misappropriated from the Legislative Assembly;

• various concerns relating to management of employees, including potentially retributive or otherwise unjustified terminations; and

• taking steps to conceal information which could indicate improperly claimed expenditures.


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. Because my inquiry has necessarily been preliminary in nature, before the Legislative Assembly makes final decisions about how to address these matters, a process will need to be put in place that considers them more fully by way of interviews of additional past employees and current employees (who have not been a focus of the review conducted to date), access to all relevant records froma broader timeframe, and which provides an opportunity for Mr. James and Mr. Lenz to respond.

Issues Pages: 

guess Linda Reid needs some questioning and i bet Plecas is thankful he's no longer  BC Liberal. 


Thanks for starting this thread krop.

So Team Trudeau federal Liberal candidate in Burnaby South, and former BC MLA Richard Lee was Deputy Speaker.


8 jaw-dropping allegations from B.C. Speaker's report

Wood-splitter, home iMac support and subscriptions to magazines among alleged expenses


Wow, and I really mean WOW!!!

Speaker Report Alleges ‘Flagrant’ Misspending by Two Senior Legislative Officials

But Craig James and Gary Lenz say the claims are ‘completely false and untrue.’

Mr. Magoo

stop it!


This is where the problems start to mount for the Liberals. What about all those former Speakers and Deputy Speakers, eh!

Whistleblower alleges legislature expense issues beyond clerk and sergeant-at-arms


Weaver says Plecas vindicated, allegations of misspending ‘absolutely abhorrent’


More Liberal Problems

Darryl Plecas report on legislature expenses turns spotlight on assistant deputy speaker Linda Reid


by Charlie Smith on January 23rd, 2019 at 7:19 AM


  • Linda Reid is the longest-serving member of the B.C. legislature and preceded Darryl Plecas as speaker.

  • Linda Reid is the longest-serving member of the B.C. legislature and preceded Darryl Plecas as speaker.

Hours later, Plecas reported, Lenz phoned Mullen to say that he had pulled the expense claims and concluded that there was nothing there.

"Mr. Mullen asked if there were any claims for mileage and taxi fares for the same trip, and Mr. Lenz replied that there were 'one or two, but the rest were explainable'," Plecas wrote.

At the time, Plecas was in China with James.

Over breakfast, according to Plecas, James told him that he had spoken with the deputy clerk (now acting clerk) of the legislature, Kate Ryan-Lloyd.

Plecas alleged that James mentioned that he had "told her to rein Gary in and put a stop to this, otherwise we will all wear it."

James and Lenz have insisted that they are innocent of any wrongdoing and have publicly objected to not being given a chance to respond to the allegations in the report before they were released.

They were placed on administrative leave with pay on November 20. The RCMP is conducting an investigation into issues brought to their attention by Mullen.

Plecas's report also stated that on June 20, 2018, James met former attorney general Geoff Plant, who was a B.C. Liberal MLA from 1996 to 2005.

The report quoted the deputy clerk saying that the meeting was about reining in Lenz to "ensure he wouldn't be conducting investigations in the future".

This allegation has not been substantiated by those at the meeting. There's been no comment from Plant or James to confirm that this was actually the topic of their discussion.

"I have since seen a travel expense form submitted by Mr. James in which he claimed for at trip to Vancouver on June 20 to meet with Geoff Plant and Paul Barbeau, and paid for a lunch at the Marriot [sic] that he later expensed to the Legislative Assembly," Plecas wrote.

Barbeau is Andrew Wilkinson's representative on the B.C. Liberal party executive.

In 2016, Gibson was one of three who unsuccessfully ran for the B.C. Liberal nomination in Courtenay-Comox, losing to Jim Benninger.

The seat was narrowly captured by the NDP's Ronna-Rae Leonard in the 2017 election, enabling NDP Leader John Horgan to become premier with the support of three B.C.


If the Legislative Management Committee okays an audit going back to the beginning of this guys term then it could be as big a scandal as the Devine government's expenses slush fund scandal that destroyed the Sask Conservative brand name.

ETA I wonder if the RCMP can get him to turn on the BC Liberals?



77. Back in British Columbia, I spoke with Mr. James and he asked when I was going to submit my bill for the Ede & Ravenscroft suit. I said I wasn’t going to do that, but I didn’t want to alarm him, so I added something to the effect of me being a public figure and that my expenses are undoubtedly scrutinized by the Members of the Opposition. He replied that I shouldn’t worry. He said that if they took issue with my expenses, he could put an end to it because he had “so much dirt on the Liberals” and that he could threaten to “stop paying their legal bills” or “quit paying their severance payments”. I don’t know what he was talking about, but it seemed an unusual comment.


My hunch you are correct krop and this may well be the end of the line for the Liberals in BC!


Who appointed her and how come she didn't catch this?

B.C. Auditor unhappy MLAs want outside audit of legislature

The province's spending watchdog is upset at MLAs cutting her out of a forensic audit into spending at the legislature.



Mr. Magoo

A double post an hour later?  Maybe the tech team needs to look into that.




So has Liberal Deputy Speaker Reid stepped down yet or will she have to be recalled, eh!

Time’s a wasting!


‘I want to see justice’


It sure looks like not only will Reid have to step down, but so will the Leader of the BC Liberals Andrew Wilkinson


It sure looks like not only will Reid have to step down, but so will the Leader of the BC Liberals Andrew Wilkinson


Recap: B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks on legislature spending scandal

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I am a big supporter of removing corruption from government and I applaude the move to have controls on individual expenditures.  I even expect that members from all parties will be caught up in the house cleaning, though hopefully not to the same proportion.  I do worry that activist measures that stretch the definitions of what is an expenditure will be blown out of proportion.


Finally the lid is being blown off the thugs that were running BC for 16 years, prior to NDP Premier John Horgan being elected Premier in 2017

Sadly the CBC gave and still gives these lowlife politicians their undying support





CBC’s headline is just a pathetic distortion of what has actually been going on with Liberal Leader Wilkinson attacking the BC Legislative Speaker every opportunity he could


Twenty, yes that's correct, twenty former employees fired for wanting to be honest.

Now everyone is going to see the true colours of Liberals in BC

Twenty former B.C. legislature employees say they were fired for raising concerns about wasteful spending

Former longterm and high-ranking legislature employees told the speaker they pointed out financial wrongdoing and were then fired without cause, says the speaker's chief of staff Alan Mullen who is helping to investigate allegations of mismanagement of taxpayers' money.​


Over the last several months, “an alarming number” of former legislature employees have contacted Speaker Darryl Plecas to say they were improperly fired after voicing concerns about “corruption” involving taxpayers’ money, says the Speaker’s chief of staff.

“They have described corruption, they have also described being terminated for what is alleged to be asking questions,” Alan Mullen said in an exclusive interview with Postmedia this week.

“They allege and quote being instructed: ‘Don’t ask questions. If you do, you’re gone.’ Questions about financial records, expenses, trips. … (They were) told to delete documents.”

After conducting a year-long investigation, Plecas on Monday released a report that accused suspended Clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz of “flagrant overspending” that included inappropriate expenses, lavish foreign trips that involved little work, and questionable retirement and pay benefits. The allegations have not been proven in court, and James and Lenz deny any wrongdoing.


During the summer, Mullen said, former employees started contacting the Speaker after hearing about his ongoing investigation.

Close to 20 people have come forward, claiming they were fired without cause, most of them within the last five years, and then given severance and forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, he said.

“Some of these employees were in the building for 10 years, 15 years, 28 years, and at some pretty high-level positions in a number of different departments,” he said.

Alan Mullen, chief of staff for Darryl Plecas, the Speaker of the B.C. Legislative Assembly, pictured on Jan. 24, 2019. PNG

Employees from nearly every legislature department have told similar stories, and without collaborating with each other, he added. There was one political staffer mentioned in Plecas’ report who believed he had been fired for raising concerns about alleged improper expense claims by an MLA, but these 20 worked for the legislature — not for politicians — in various departments that could include finance, human resources, the library, and Hansard transcriptions.

“I’ve talked to people who contemplated suicide because of the way they were treated at the legislature. That’s not okay,” said Mullen, a former corrections manager and prosecutor before becoming Plecas’ chief of staff.

“These people need to be made whole, whether they come back to their jobs or get some sort of compensation or they are given some sort of apology: ‘You know what? That was wrong.’”


My goodness, will someone please stop paying this guy James' salary!

Plecas report: A look at key players in the explosive document on parliamentary misconduct (UPDATED)

Craig James, the Clerk of the house is currently suspended while receiving his $347,090 annual salary.


 Raj Chouhan: Is the deputy speaker and travelled with Plecas and James in June 2018 to China to sign a letter of intent to conduct goodwill exchanges. Chouhan has confirmed Plecas claim that when he told James he would not be claiming a food per diem because their Chinese hosts had provided food, James responded in a joking tone “we didn’t get any free meals here, it was full per diems.” Records show that Plecas and Chouhan did not claim full per diems on every day, while James claimed the full amount. This was the trip that James bought the $1,138 piece of luggage and expensed it. When he was questioned on the purchase, James claimed it was for administrative staff to use.

MLA Raj Chouhan sits at his constituency office in Burnaby, B.C., April 17, 2014. ARLEN REDEKOP /PROVINCE


And here it comes!

Plecas: Christy Clark told Liberals MLAs to fire non-partisan constituency workers

Former constituency assistant says Darryl Plecas returned from pre-election meeting ‘very upset’


Former Premier Christy Clark told BC Liberal MLAs to fire any constituency assistants who refused to campaign for the party in 2017, Darryl Plecas alleged in an interview with The Abbotsford News on Thursday.

The Abbotsford South MLA and BC Legislature Speaker said he considered such a move to be “immoral and possibly illegal” because constituency assistants and offices are publicly funded and supposedly non-partisan. He said he refused to comply, and that the order played a significant part in his decision to abandon the BC Liberals the following year in order to assume the Speaker’s role in the legislature.

Constituency offices and the assistants who work in them are funded with taxpayers’ money allocated to each MLA to help citizens. Constituency assistants are supposed to be non-partisan – a point that multiple BC Liberal MLAs have made in the legislature over the last year – even though many do engage in campaign work outside of office hours.

Speaking in response to a question about a group seeking to recall him for leaving the BC Liberals, Plecas told The News that before the last provincial election, Clark told all the party’s MLAs that they should replace any constituency assistants who were not willing to defeat the NDP.

Plecas said he believed the directive to be “possibly illegal” because of the non-partisan nature of the office.

“That’s using public money for a political purpose,” he said. “That’s also not an appropriate way to treat any employee, where somebody gets fired for their belief system. I simply said I just wasn’t going to do it. That’s not who I am. That’s not who I want to be.”

Since leaving the BC Liberals in late 2017, Plecas has been independent.


B.C. Speaker didn’t know who in the legislature to trust— so he hired Alan Mullen to help investigate


More CBC misleading headlines trying to cast doubt on the Speaker when everyone knows who is up to no good here 

After Plecas' explosive report, B.C. politicians wonder what took so long

House speaker's report says he had concerns in the fall of 2017

One of Plecas' special advisers, Wally Oppal, said the Speaker released information as quickly as he could.

"There was a very thin line we had to go through. Do we release any of this information to the public and thereby jeopardize a police investigation? Or do we satisfy what the public wants to know?" Oppal said early Tuesday.

"At the end of the day, a comprehensive report was prepared, similar to what he'd given to police early on in the fall."


Lots of details at this website

Exclusive: Plecas’s “final straw” was Clark’s plan to politicize riding offices


After Darryl Plecas challenged Christy Clark to quit as BC Liberal leader during the Penticton caucus retreat in July 2017, he prepared a news release that he eventually cancelled when she did resign. was first to report in August 2017 that Plecas was the catalyst for Clark’s departure after he threatened to quit the party and sit as an independent over the ex-premier’s leadership.


Now, the week before the Speaker is scheduled to tell an all-party committee he chairs the concerns he has about two suspended Legislature officials, can exclusively reveal what was in that news release. 

Specifically, that the Abbotsford South MLA objected to Clark’s plan to politicize every BC Liberal MLA’s constituency office. 

A draft, six-paragraph version, dated July 27, 2017 — the day before Clark resigned — said the ex-premier’s decision to stay as leader was “focused solely on personal interests and not what is best for the Liberal Party and the people of B.C.”

The “final straw” for Plecas was Clark’s idea for all BC Liberal MLAs to fire their non-partisan constituency assistants and replace them with personnel “who would willingly engage in political activities to bring down the NDP.” 

The plan had been discussed at a post-election caucus meeting. Plecas called that an “inappropriate view of public service employees’ independence and the disrespect for public resources.”

“My constituents expect me to represent their interests in an honest and forthright manner, and I cannot do that if my leader is calling on me to compromise my values and my integrity,” said the unpublished news release, obtained by

Constituency offices, according to B.C. Legislature rules, “must be operated on a strictly non-partisan basis and cannot be used to engage in or host partisan, political activities.”

Plecas declined comment when contacted by 

Plecas aired his grievances on July 26, 2017 in a caucus meeting at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Clark then left the room and the rest of caucus spent several hours debating the election campaign and discussing next steps. 

Plecas had planned to publicly resign from the BC Liberals on July 27, 2017 by issuing the six-paragraph news release, but was convinced to give caucus a 24-hour reprieve. Clark dispatched Chilliwack MLA John Martin to act as a go-between in a bid to convince Plecas to ditch his plan. Martin, like Plecas, was a criminology professor before politics, the two are friends and they represent neighbouring ridings. Clark’s strategy didn’t work.

A source said that, on the morning of July 28, 2017, Plecas notified the Clerk’s office at the Legislature that he was resigning from the BC Liberals. A version of the news release, minus the paragraph mentioning the mass-firing of constituency assistants, was ready to be sent to reporters at midday.

Plecas’s resignation email was, coincidentally, followed minutes later by Clark’s own resignation to the Clerk’s office. So he rescinded his resignation from the party and cancelled the news release, agreeing to stay in the party if Clark did not say publicly that her caucus support was unanimous.

Clark, however, told reporters at a July 31, 2017 Vancouver news conference that none of her fellow MLAs wanted her to go. She said she made the decision on her own volition, after taking a walk on a beach.

“I talked to the caucus the day before, I asked them all, did they want me to stay, did they want me to go?” Clark told reporters at her final news conference. “Every single person in the room asked me to stay.”

That was not true.

From star candidate to demoted expert 

Plecas was a star BC Liberal candidate in the 2013 electionn, recruited by Deputy Premier Rich Coleman. He defeated John van Dongen, the former cabinet minister and incumbent Abbotsford South MLA who defected to the B.C. Conservatives in 2012 over Clark’s ethics. 


After the BC Liberals’ upset win over the Adrian Dix-led NDP, Clark named Plecas the parliamentary secretary for crime reduction, under Attorney General Suzanne Anton. A natural fit for the acclaimed criminology professor from the University of the Fraser Valley. 

At the September 2013 Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver, Clark announced Plecas would chair a Blue Ribbon Crime Reduction Panel that included ex-RCMP Western Canada Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass, ex-RCMP Commissioner Bev Busson and ex-federal deputy solicitor general Jean Fournier. 

Plecas’s final report, “Getting Serious About Crime Reduction,” was released a week before Christmas in 2014, but it got scant media attention. The Clark cabinet’s approval for the Site C dam megaproject was the focus of government communications. 

The 90-page report included six recommendations, such as more and better services for offenders who have addictions and mental health issues. Clark aides had wanted Plecas to cut back his report and delete the recommendations. Plecas stubbornly refused.

Just over a month later, on Jan. 30, 2015, Clark announced the elimination of Plecas’s parliamentary secretary for crime reduction role. She named him parliamentary secretary for seniors, under health minister Terry Lake. 

On election night in 2017, Plecas told the Abbotsford News that the party needed to learn a lesson after losing its majority. It needed to become more humble and respectful of constituents.

“I think we have to speak to a broader group of people,” Plecas said. “It comes across sometimes that we are a very arrogant group of people. That’s not the case, but it sometimes seems like that.”


The frank comments did not sit well within the party. When the BC Liberals reconvened the Legislature after the 2017 election, Plecas was isolated from the rest of caucus in a seat beside the door. 

The government eventually fell in the June 29 confidence vote, as the NDP and Greens defeated the Liberals 44-42 and Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon asked John Horgan to form the next government. 

Plecas initially said he wouldn’t run for speaker, but was the only candidate on Sept. 8, 2017. He left caucus and the BC Liberals cancelled his membership in retaliation. 

The first independent speaker in modern Canadian history does not rely on a party leader to sign his nomination papers, should he run in the next election. Nor has he been faced with casting a tie-breaking vote, as had been feared before Clark’s exit.

Early in his tenure as speaker, Plecas discovered improprieties at the Legislature that led him to call the RCMP who, in turn, asked for a special prosecutor to be appointed. 

In an apparently unprecedented move, the assistant deputy attorney general, Peter Juk, retained two special prosecutors because of the potential size and scope of the investigation.

On Nov. 20, 2018, the Legislature voted unanimously to suspend clerk Craig James and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz indefinitely with pay. They denied wrongdoing at a news conference the next week. Plecas vowed to reveal some of what he learned, without compromising the criminal investigation, when the Legislative Assembly Management Committee meets on Jan. 21.

“When I learned of this information, I felt a great duty to safeguard the integrity of this institution and be very mindful about why we’re all here,” Plecas told LAMC on Dec. 6. “That’s to make sure that public dollars are spent appropriately.”


With Wilkinson now as their useless Leader it’s way too late for that!


Who do these sleazebag Liberals think they are kidding?


and yet Shirley Bond and the BC Liberals think they have reason to attack BC NDP spending. 




It seems the reason these pigs at the trough get away with it for so long is mainly the fault of the media whose main purpose in life, instead of keeping an eye on these shady characters, is to support their wealthy advertisers who get rich by being in cahoots with these politicians. The right-wing is always very active in politics but for the wrong reasons The right-wing are involved primarily in WHO GETS THE NEXT GOVERNMENT CONTRACT


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and yet Shirley Bond and the BC Liberals think they have reason to attack BC NDP spending. 

When in doubt claim the other guy is guilty of the same sins. That comes under the heading of the best defense is a good offense.


Read the statement of deputy sergeant-at-arms about removal of truckload of liquor from B.C. legislature


  • The reputation of the B.C. legislature took a hit with the release of a scathing report by Speaker Darryl Plecas.

  • The reputation of the B.C. legislature took a hit with the release of a scathing report by Speaker Darryl Plecas.B.C. LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

This week, media outlets have devoted enormous attention to a blistering 76-page reportby Speaker Darryl Plecas, alleging spending irregularities at the B.C. legislature.


For those interested in drilling more deeply into this scandal, there are also 31 exhibits to Plecas's report posted on the legislative assembly's website.

For example, here you'll find correspondence between Plecas and the clerk of the legislature, Craig James, in which Plecas takes away a retirement benefit.

One of the more intriguing exhibits is a signed statement by the deputy sergeant-at-arms, Randall Patrick Ennis, made on May 28, 2018.

It concerns a truckload of liquor that was allegedly taken from the legislative precinct.

According to Plecas's report, this alcohol, valued at up to $10,000, was rumoured to have been sent to the home of a former speaker, Bill Barisoff.

However, Barisoff told the Penticton Herald this week that he never received $10,000 worth of alcohol.

"The fact the reports suggest that I had received $10,000 worth of alcohol delivered to my house is troubling when it didn’t happen," he insisted.

None of the allegations in Plecas's report have been tested in a court of law.

The clerk, Craig James, and the sergeant-at-arms, Gary Lenz, have vehemently denied any wrongdoing and have objected to not being allowed to answer the allegations in Plecas's report.

With that in mind, Ennis's statement is reproduced below:

"I am the Deputy Sgt-at-Arms and Inspector for the Legislative Assembly Protective Services, appointed as a Special Provincial Constable under Section 9 of the Police Act, R.S.B.C. 1988, c 53.

"On May the 28th 2018, I was on duty and in uniform on the Legislative Precinct, acting under the direction and authority of the Sergeant-At-Arms of the Legislative Assembly at the Parliament Buildings and its grounds in Victoria British Columbia.


"At 1630 hrs, 28 May 2018, I was advised by the Sgt-at-Arms (Gary Lenz) to attend the Speaker's office to meet Speaker Plecas. Upon arrival and during a subsequent conversation, Speaker Plecas requested me to provide any knowledge I had regarding alcohol that had been purchased for Legislative Assembly conferences in 2013.

"I advised Speaker Plecas that prior to the conferences, the Sgt-at-Arms (Gary Lenz) had talked me to attend the BC Liquor distribution branch warehouse located at 2219 Government Street, Victoria and pick up a pre-arranged order of alcohol products for the Legislative Assembly, the details of which were provided by the Clerk's office.

"Upon receiving the alcohol order which consisted of cases of beer (Domestic and Imported) and cases of several different types of hard alcohol (exact quantities unrecalled), however I do recall the order was on two wooden pallets and large enough to completely fill the cargo bed of the LFS white Chevrolet pick-up truck, I then signed a receipt from the Liquor distribution branch as having received the order.

"Upon returning to the Legislative Precinct the alcohol was taken and secured/stored in the Clerk's basement vault by myself and a copy of the receipt was given to the Clerk's office (Jennifer Horvath) for their records. To the best of my knowledge there was no inventory taken of the alcohol.

"Shortly after the second conference in 2013, I had been informed by the Sgt-at-Arms (Gary Lenz) and LFS Facilities Manager (Surjit Dhanota) that they had been instructed by the Clerk (Craig James) to make arrangements to load the Clerk's personally owned motor vehicle (POMV) pick up truck with cases of beer and boxes of bottled alcohol, along with a Legislative Chamber desk and an old style leather Chamber chair. Both the Sgt-at-Arms (Gary Lenz) and Surjit related that three LFS employees (Sam Janjua, Mark Williams and Rod Palatzake) are the individuals that actually carried out the loading of the aforementioned items into the Clerk's pick up truck.

"In June of 2014, the Sgt-at-Arms (Gary Lenz) requested that I attend the Clerk's vault and gather any alcohol left over the Clerk's conferences so it could be used at the 2014 Sgt-at-Arms conferences. I obtained all of which was present - one box (approximately 12 bottles) of different types of alcohol.

"Regarding the alcohol loaded into the Clerk's POMV, I am not exactly aware of where it was being transported to, however it was rumored it went to the former Speaker (Bill Barisoff's) personal residence in Oliver BC along with the aforementioned desk and chair.

"R. Ennis



After Gary Lenz was placed on paid administrative leave in November, Randall Patrick Ennis was appointed as acting sergeant-at-arms at the B.C. legislature.


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