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Woman charged with breach of trust tapped to help BC Liberals get re-elected

Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm PDT

Laura Miller (File Photo)
Summary

Laura Miller is awaiting trial on charges laid in Ontario last year

One expert wonders if there is anyone else available to do the job

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – A BC Liberal staffer who is heading to court on charges, including breach of trust, has been chosen to run the -re-election campaign for the BC Liberals. And one local expert finds the choice rather telling.

“Is there really nobody else they can find to do this job? Nobody? You know, somebody who wasn’t facing criminal charges?” wonders UBC Political Scientist David Moscrop.

This comes on word Laura Miller will head the campaign as she awaits trial on charges linked to the deletion of emails during her time working for former Ontario Premier Daulton McGuinty.

Moscrop adds the party could be so confident that it feels it will win no matter who it chooses. “The public has an interest in trusting those who are, not just running for office, but who are running campaigns. And so this might undermine trust in general for the public and that’s significant and potentially very dangerous,” he points out.

But it may also be the BC Liberals are worried about losing and will accept the consequences in order to have the best chance to win.

Breach of trust carries a maximum five-year jail sentence. Miller came to work in BC after McGuinty left office in 2013. She served as executive director of the party until police in Ontario pressed on with charges in 2015.