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Scrutiny of B.C.’s ethnic vote controversy is underway but some are suggesting the process should be completely separate from government

Scrutiny of B.C.’s ethnic vote controversy is underway but some are suggesting the process should be completely separate from government.

John Dyble, Premier Christy Clark’s deputy minister, is investigating how a memo about enticing the ethnic vote to the Liberals came to be developed.

“The inquiry needs to be independent,” said Mark Olsen, Vernon-Monashee candidate, adding that it may be difficult for Dyble to access all necessary information.

Olsen is also putting pressure on the local MLA to take a similar stand.

“I appreciate that Mr. (Eric) Foster is showing loyalty to Christy Clark but I hope he agrees that an independent inquiry would be the best situation for all of us,” said Olsen.

“We could get to the bottom of this and we want to find out the answers to all of the questions popping up.”

However, Foster says he has confidence in Dyble and the process that is already underway.

“John Dyble is one of the  most respected civil servants in B.C. We want to get to the bottom of this right away,” said Foster.

“John will be able to do that. If we bring in an outside person, it will take six months and we don’t have six months. The public wants answers right away.”

Clark’s deputy chief of staff stepped down after the multicultural strategic outreach plan was leaked and John Yap resigned as advanced education and multiculturalism minister while the investigation is underway.

 

Vernon Morning Star