Excerpt from the Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

(Hansard)


March 26, 2014

Hiring of John Les for earthquake preparedness position and release of Auditor General Report

S. Simpson: When the Attorney General broke the government's own procurement policies and appointed John Les to his $140,000 patronage job without following government hiring processes, she made the excuse that it was done under emergency provisions. The minister's official statement said B.C.'s procurement policy allows for direct awards "when there is an urgent need, particularly in the case of an emergency." A member of the press gallery, on a tweet, asserted that this was a preposterous response, and I agree with the member of the press gallery.

Will the Attorney General admit that the only emergency was a looming political problem for the B.C. Liberals, knowing the Auditor General's report on earthquake preparedness was coming?

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