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B.C. attorney general wins right to keep job in bizarre court case

June 18, 2012 - 6:50 PM

VANCOUVER - B.C.'s attorney general has won a bizarre court case that questioned whether she was eligible to fill her cabinet post.

Lesslie Askin filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court, arguing Bond cannot serve as attorney general because she is not a lawyer.

Askin first complained to the B.C. Law Society, which determined it didn't have jurisdiction to look into the matter but nonetheless said there were no requirements that a lawyer fill the attorney general position.

She then filed a case with the B.C. Supreme Court, which after a hearing earlier this month, has ruled Askin's petition is without merit.

Judge Sunni Stromberg-Stein writes in her decision that Askin presented a "shopping list" of supposed charter violations but presented no facts to back up any of her claims.

Stromberg-Stein notes there have been many attorneys general who were not lawyers, and she says in her ruling there are no laws that limit the lieutenant governor's ability to make cabinet appointments.

Bond served on the Prince George School Board before she was elected to the legislature in 2001, and she became attorney general last year.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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