VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement in response to MLA Linda Reid’s resignation as Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House:
“Over the past few months allegations of systemic financial wrongdoing have emerged at the B.C. Legislature. These allegations suggest a culture of entitlement and are already compromising British Columbians’ trust in their democratic institution.
“Last month I called on MLA Reid to step aside as Assistant Deputy Speaker as all parties work to restore public trust. I felt strongly that it was inappropriate for MLA Reid to continue to serve as Assistant Deputy Speaker until the allegations of the Speaker’s report could be fully addressed, given the higher threshold of trust required by the role.
“Her decision to step down is an important step, but only one of many that must be taken by all parties to address the alleged abuses of power that have gone on for far too long. The B.C. Green Caucus is committed to ensuring a culture of transparency and accountability in B.C. politics.”
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