July 17, 2013 - 5:07 AM
VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says her government doesn't pay hush money to silence potential critics.
Clark was responding to Opposition New Democrat allegations that former government aide Brian Bonney was prepared to offer another former government worker a job to squelch information that could embarrass the premier.
Clark refused to discuss the issue further today saying it could violate the privacy rights of at least one of the individuals involved, but a Liberal aide says the issue was investigated by a government review team and the review found a job or bribe was not offered.
Opposition New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says the job offer suggestion was included in an email included in 10,000 pages released by the government on its open government website as part of the investigation into a scandal last spring about Liberal efforts to gain so-called "quick wins" in ethnic communities.
The former community liason employee last worked for the Liberal government on a month-to-month contract basis that ended in September 2012, the same month the email was sent suggesting she should be diverted from embarrassing the premier with the offer of a job doing "non-public work."
The ethnic vote scandal cost former multiculturalism minister John Yap his cabinet post and one of Clark's top aides Kim Haakstad and another government worker lost their jobs.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2013