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Criminal investigation into suspended legislature officials still a mystery, despite report

Last Updated Jan 22, 2019 at 6:02 am PDT

FILE PHOTO: Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz (centre left) and Clerk Craig James (centre right) speak to reporters in Vancouver on Nov. 26, 2018. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Despite a report, the criminal investigation into two B.C. Legislature top officials remains a mystery

Criminal investigation into 2 legislature officials remains a mystery despite report into what led to their suspensions

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – There is now new light on what led to the suspension of two B.C. Legislature top officials, but what’s involved in the criminal investigation into their actions remains in the dark.

Speaker Darryl Plecas’ bombshell report, released to the public on Monday, about the suspensions of Clerk Craig James and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz has some hints — and it’s not what you might expect.

Opposition House Leader Mary Polak said one part of the report stands out.

“There is a section where the speaker seems to indicate — though not explicitly — that there are two items that the police are actively investigating,” she told reporters.

“The issue of the wood-splitter and the alcohol being removed from the buildings. It appears that that’s what he’s indicating, although, again, not explicitly. But that’s in the report,” Polak added.

One clue in the report mentions that the wood-splitter — ordered for the Legislature but delivered to the clerk’s home — is now in the hands of the RCMP.

Polak would not say what the criminal investigation is about.

Special Adviser to the Speaker, Alan Mullen, also would not provide any further details.

“I’m not going to speak to the criminal matters, as I’ve already said.”

He did, however, mention that there was more to it than what was divulged in the speaker’s report.

“And the bottom line is, a lot of the criminal stuff is not in here. But even if there is criminal stuff in here, there’s either a criminal offense and evidence to support that or there’s not,” Mullen said.

“Whether it’s in this report, or not, does not negate that. And whether it’s in the public eye or not, does not negate that either. It does not put any sort of a wrench in the works of the criminal investigation, and everybody involved agrees with that.”

The speaker’s report alleges the suspended officials made rampant use of public funds for personal gain.

James and Lenz have both been suspended, with pay, since November.

Read the full report:

Speaker's Report to LAMC