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theBreakerVision: The slow end of Quick Wins


Bob Mackin

Six years after the BC Liberals hatched their secret multicultural outreach plan and almost five years since it was leaked and tabled in the Legislature, only one person was convicted and sentenced.

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty in October to breach of public trust for mixing political campaigning with his job as a government communications director and was sentenced Jan. 31. Bonney was a middleman in the so-called Quick Wins scheme aimed at winning swing ridings in the 2013 election by targeting voters from ethnic groups. 

Brian Bonney, after his Jan. 31 breach of trust sentencing hearing. (Mackin)

Provincial Court Judge David St. Pierre gave Bonney a nine month conditional sentence, to be served at his house, with a nightly curfew and other conditions, including a ban on alcohol. Court heard that veteran politico Bonney was not the mastermind and that two former cabinet ministers did not cooperate with the RCMP investigation, on advice from their lawyers. 

Had it gone to trial, John Yap and Harry Bloy could have been ordered to testify. Such a trial would have lasted until Feb. 22 and overshadowed the election of a new leader to replace former Premier Christy Clark. Bonney did not stop to talk with reporters; see raw video of him leaving the courthouse here.

A copy of St. Pierre’s sentencing reasons is below. Watch theBreakerVision below for a report on the scandal’s climax.

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R v Bonney – Reasons for Sentence by BobMackin on Scribd