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Opinions


2016
August 9 ADDENDUM TO MAY 4, 2016 OPINION (PDF - 263 KB)
May 4

Whether the Honourable Christy Clark, MLA for Kelowna-Westside and Premier, breached the Members' Conflict of Interest Act by attending "exclusive" fundraising events for the BC Liberal Party and receiving a Leader's Allowance from the BC Liberal Party. (PDF - 489 KB)


2015
March 19

Whether the Honourable William Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East and Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review breached the Members' Conflict of Interest Act by not recusing himself from discussions relating to the 2014 Wildlife Allocation Policy. (PDF - 373 KB)


2014
August 30

WHETHER THE HONOURABLE PAT PIMM, MLA FOR PEACE RIVER NORTH, BREACHED THE MEMBERS' CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY MAKING REPRESENTATIONS ON BEHALF OF A CONSTITUENT IN A MATTER BEFORE THE AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION, EITHER IN HIS CAPACITY AS MLA OR AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE. (PDF - 1.4 MB)

April 14

WHETHER A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY HAD AN OBLIGATION UNDER THE MEMBERS' CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT TO DISCLOSE A PAST BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAD ENDED PRIOR TO THE MEMBER'S ELECTION AS AN MLA. (PDF - 93 KB)
COMMISSIONER'S NOTE (PDF - 212 KB)


2013
April 10 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER WAS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MEMBERS' CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO RECUSE HERSELF FROM CERTAIN CABINET MEETINGS. (OPINION GIVEN BY GERALD L. GERRAND, Q.C.) (PDF - 5 MB)

2011
June 14 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, WAS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MEMBERS' CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY RECEIVING COMPLIMENTARY HOCKEY TICKETS TO THE STANLEY CUP FINALS (PDF - 39 KB)
May 10 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, BREACHED THE MEMBERS' CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT IN THE COURSE OF HER BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGN (PDF - 315 KB)

2010
December 14 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, BREACHED THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ALLEGEDLY MISAPPROPRIATING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR HIS PERSONAL BENEFIT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE PERSONAL BENEFITS IN RELATION TO HIS ATTENDANCE AT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (PDF - 128 KB)

2009
April 2 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, ADVANCED HIS PRIVATE INTERESTS BY SIGNING ORDERS-IN-COUNCIL THAT ALLEGEDLY BENEFITED AN ENERGY COMPANY IN WHICH HE AND HIS WIFE OWNED SHARES IN AN ACCOUNT WHERE INVESTMENTS WERE MADE SOLELY IN THE DISCRETION OF THEIR BROKER (PDF - 225 KB)
February 25 WHETHER THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BREACHED THE POST-EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS OF THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ALLEGEDLY CREATING OR FACILITATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A FORMER MEMBER, GRAHAM BRUCE, TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF THE COWICHAN TRIBES (PDF - 64 KB)

2008
September 16 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE RICH COLEMAN, MLA AND MINISTER OF FORESTS AND RANGE, WAS IN AN APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN RELATION TO MAKING TWO DISCRETIONARY DECISIONS THAT, AT THE TIME THEY WERE MADE, BENEFITED A FORESTRY COMPANY WHICH THEN EMPLOYED HIS BROTHER (PDF - 57 KB)

2007
February 5 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, WAS IN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY MAKING AN ORDER IN COUNCIL DECISION INVOLVING ALCAN, AT A TIME WHEN HE OWNED SHARES IN ALCAN THROUGH HIS RRSP TRUST PLAN HOLDINGS (PDF - 57 KB)

2006
May 11 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE PAT BELL, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND LANDS, ADVANCED HIS PRIVATE INTEREST AS A MEMBER OF A SNOWMOBILING CLUB BY INTERVENING IN A LAND USE DECISION AFFECTING SNOWMOBILERSí ACCESS TO A RECREATIONAL AREA (PDF - 66 KB)

2004
June 18 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, USED HIS INFLUENCE TO BENEFIT A RELATIVE (THE SPOUSE OF A COUSIN-IN-LAW) IN RELATION TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A DEPUTY MINISTER, THE AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO THE RELATIVE, AND THE FORGIVENESS OF CERTAIN DEBTS OWED BY THE RELATIVE TO THE GOVERNMENT (PDF - 128 KB)

2003
February 13 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE STAN HAGEN, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, WAS IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO FISH FARM COMPANIES WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED TO HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN (PDF - 223 KB)

2002
July 25 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE JOHN VAN DONGEN, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES, WAS IN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY PROVIDING INPUT INTO AGRICULTURAL REZONING ISSUES IN AN AREA WHERE HIS BROTHER AND SISTER OWNED FARMS (PDF - 47 KB)
February 28 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE SINDI HAWKINS, MLA AND MINISTER OF HEALTH PLANNING, WAS IN A REAL OR APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY AWARDING A CONTRACT TO A FIRM WHOSE OWNER HAD POLITICAL AND PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO THE MINISTER (PDF - 78 KB)
Jan. 25/01 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GLEN CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, INFLUENCED A DECISION TO GRANT APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE FOR A CASINO LICENSE TO A FRIEND WHO HAD PROVIDED FREE LABOUR FOR RENOVATION WORK DONE ON THE PREMIERíS PROPERTIES (REPORT TABLED ON NOVEMBER 19, 2002). (PDF - 359 KB)
  APPENDIX A - RULING ON APPLICATION OF DERRICK LUU FOR FUNDING OF COUNSEL FEES (PDF - 78 KB)
  APPENDIX B - RULING ON APPLICATION OF PACIFIC PRESS, PUBLISHER OF THE VANCOUVER SUN (PDF - 106 KB)

1999
December 23 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON WILSON, MLA, BREACHED THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE A DEBT WHICH HE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN (PDF - 81 KB)
June 28 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MICHAEL DE JONG, MLA, BREACHED THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE THAT THE BC LIBERAL PARTY HAD PAID AN UNDISCLOSED SUM OF MONEY TO SETTLE A DEFAMATION SUIT ON HIS BEHALF (PDF - 106 KB)
May 31 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MOE SIHOTA, MLA AND MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BREACHED THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE PERSONAL BENEFITS HE RECEIVED FROM SKI RESORT OPERATORS WHILE CARRYING OUT OFFICIAL DUTIES AS MINISTER (PDF - 106 KB)

1998
June 3 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CATHY MCGREGOR, MLA AND MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, LANDS AND PARKS, THE HONOURABLE CORKY EVANS, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, AND THE HONOURABLE GLEN CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, ATTEMPTED TO INFLUENCE A DECISION IN RELATION TO A PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN ORDER TO FURTHER THEIR PRIVATE INTERESTS (PDF - 58 KB)
May 14 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE PAUL RAMSEY, MLA, IMPROPERLY INFLUENCED THE GOVERNMENTíS DECISION TO GRANT A LOAN TO A COMPANY WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED TO HIS RECALL DEFENCE FUND (PDF - 58 KB)

1997
March 24 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MOE SIHOTA, MLA AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, CONTRAVENED THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY PARTICIPATING IN DECISIONS TO APPOINT AND LATER REAPPOINT A PERSON TO THE BOARD OF BC HYDRO, SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER HE HAD RECEIVED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THAT PERSON (PDF - 137 KB)

1995
October 10 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MOE SIHOTA, MLA, BREACHED THE MEMBERSí CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE A DEBT HE ALLEGEDLY OWED TO A FORMER CLIENT (PDF - 121 KB)
April 17 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MICHAEL HARCOURT, MLA, AND PREMIER, WAS IN AN APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN RELATION TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BEING AWARDED TO A COMPANY WHOSE PRESIDENT HAD A LONGSTANDING PERSONAL AND POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PREMIER (PDF - 166 KB)

1994
October 26 WHETHER IT WAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE HONOURABLE MICHAEL DE JONG, MLA, AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY AND A LEGAL AID LAWYER, TO PARTICIPATE IN DEBATES AND VOTE ON AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY ACT (PDF - 79 KB)
May 18 WHETHER THE HONOURABLE DAVID ZIRNHELT, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD, USED INFORMATION GAINED FROM A CONSTITUENT TO FURTHER HIS PRIVATE INTEREST IN RELATION TO A PROPERTY TRANSACTION (PDF - 100 KB)

1993
August 16 WHETHER IT WOULD BE A REAL OR APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE HONOURABLE ROBIN BLENCOE, MLA AND MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS, RECREATION AND HOUSING, TO MAKE A DECISION IN RELATION TO A LARGE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, WHEN TWO INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT HAD RECENTLY MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN (PDF - 270 KB)

 

Updated: August 9, 2016 3:22 PM