Nov. 20, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
NDP Government House Leader and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth stood in the Legislature, to ask for support to immediately and indefinitely suspend the Legislature’s clerk, Craig James, and sergeant-at-arms, Gary Lenz, while under investigation.
The motion passed unanimously.
Farnworth didn’t say, but he met the previous evening with the two other party house leaders, BC Liberal Mary Polak and Green Sonia Furstenau, and Speaker Darryl Plecas — who had called the RCMP in months earlier to investigate corruption. Two special prosecutors joined in at the start of October.
James and Lenz were escorted from the Parliament Buildings. They held a news conference the following week, to deny wrongdoing and to demand their jobs back.
In May, James was found in misconduct. In a September report, Lenz was found to have broken the Police Act.
They both retired in disgrace.
The police investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, Plecas and chief of staff Alan Mullen have shaken-up the Legislature and put it on the road to reform.
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