NEWS RELEASE · 2nd November 2011
In a letter to B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer October 31st, the New Democrats renewed their call for Liberal MLA Kash Heed to come clean on how much he spent during the 2009 election campaign.
On Friday, two central people involved in Kash Heed's 2009 election campaign pleaded guilty and were fined and sentenced for violating election laws related to the Liberals' ‘dirty-tricks campaign’. Last month Heed was fined $11,000 for violating the Election Act by overspending.
Over the weekend, Heed’s 2009 campaign manager Barinder Sall, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday, alleged in the media that Heed failed to report thousands more in election expenses.
“Mr. Sall said that he was aware of additional campaign spending of close to $40,000 that was still unaccounted for,” said Leonard Krog, the New Democrat critic for the Attorney General. “These are serious allegations and Mr. Heed, a former Solicitor General and Chief of Police, well knows he has a responsibility to follow the law.”
“The Election Act requires that a candidate file a supplementary report with the chief electoral officer once they become aware that information disclosed in the report has changed, or does not completely and accurately disclose the required information,” said Krog in the letter to the Chief Electoral Officer. “This additional disclosure of significant alleged overspending by Mr. Heed’s campaign manager must also be dealt with.”
Krog says Heed’s record of accountability has been in question since the initial audit was ordered by Elections B.C.
“A letter dated Dec. 2, 2010 to Heed from the Chief Electoral Officer warned that failure to file in their audit would result in Mr. Heed losing his seat,” said Krog. “And ddocuments filed in court and obtained by the Opposition back in January 2011 revealed that, for months, Heed had delayed submitting revised expense reports to account for audit findings.”
”These latest allegations call for a complete and accurate report of campaign spending to both Elections B.C. and to the public,” said Krog.