The BC New Democrats say a Freedom of Information request seeking legal costs footed by the taxpayer for government staff in the ethnic voter outreach scandal returned 202 blank pages.
NDP MLA David Eby says this is a question for the Premier.
“It is a very straight forward message for the Premier tell us how much money you are spending on legal defense for your staff involved in these various scandals”
Eby says while we don’t know how much has been spent we do know, sort of, how many people may be having their legal costs covered.
“A group of eight staff. We were asking specifically about records relating to them. There may be other people, and there is another special prosecutor investigation into the ministry of transportation currently in relation to the triple delete scandal. There are a lot of legal expenses being paid right now and we don’t have an idea about the value. It could run into the millions of dollars, or it could be less than that.”
Eby says what other information was returned was also unhelpful.
“Not only do they not want to tell us who is receiving this money because when we asked about a certain set of potential persons of interests in this investigation who may require legal representation we were told the records may or may not exist in relation to indemnifying a group of these people.”
Taxpayers shelled out six million-dollars for Dave Basi and Bobby Virk former government staffers in the BC Rail fiasco.