VICTORIA — The British Columbia legislature’s two top officials say they have responded to a report released by the Speaker alleging they engaged in flagrant overspending, questionable expenses and inappropriate payouts of cash.
Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and clerk of the house Craig James say they submitted their responses today to the Legislative Assembly Management Committee and they deny any wrongdoing in media statements.
They were given until today to respond to the committee, which voted Jan. 21 to release the 76-page report by Speaker Darryl Plecas.
Both men say they have responded as best they could in the short time they had available and without access to records and their office staff.
Lenz and James were placed on administrative leave in November after members of the legislature learned of an ongoing RCMP investigation.
The report by Plecas alleges the two officials claimed expenses for luxurious overseas trips and personal purchases, and that they received inappropriate payouts of cash in lieu of vacation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Canadian Press