NEWS RELEASE · 9th April 2010
Public Affairs Bureau
Office of the Premier
PREMIER APPOINTS DE JONG ACTING SOLICITOR GENERAL
VANCOUVER - Premier Gordon Campbell today announced the interim appointment of Attorney General Michael de Jong as acting Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
For the duration of the interim appointment, de Jong will continue to hold the office of Attorney General.
STATEMENT FROM SOLICITOR GENERAL KASH HEED
"On March 24 I was informed by the RCMP that they were investigating alleged Elections Act violations pertaining to a 2009 Vancouver-Fraserview provincial election campaign. At that time I was informed that I was not a subject of that investigation and that I may be interviewed as a witness. I understand that the deputy to the Premier, informed the Premier of this fact on March 26.
On late Tuesday evening, April 6, while I was out of the country, I was informed that the investigation was evolving and the RCMP would want to interview me to determine if I had any role in the allegations. On Wednesday, I informed the Premier of that development.
Upon returning to Vancouver on Wednesday, out of an abundance of caution, I immediately obtained a lawyer to engage the RCMP on my behalf and to establish the facts that were appropriate for me to know and to ascertain what was expected of me to help me make the appropriate decision for my office.
On Wednesday, my lawyer called the criminal justice branch to determine if a special prosecutor had been appointed and he subsequently advised me that a special prosecutor has been appointed in this investigation.
Today I have concluded, out of the respect and regard for the office of Solicitor General of British Columbia and to ensure the continued integrity of that office, that the appropriate action is to step aside pending the outcome of this investigation. I have spoken with the Premier and he has accepted my decision.
Over my 30-year career in law enforcement and public service I have prided myself on putting the public interest first and acting with the utmost integrity. It is with that in mind that I have chosen to step aside.
I am confident that I have done nothing wrong. I fully support the RCMP's efforts and will be co-operating fully with the investigation.
It is my sincere hope that this matter is concluded as quickly as possible. I will continue to represent my constituents as the MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview.
Until all aspects of this ongoing matter are complete, I will not be commenting further on the substance of the investigation as that would be inappropriate."
The web page at the BC Government web site for the Solicitor General is now blank (3:30 pm Friday April 9, 2010)