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May 6, 2017

RCMP Asked to Investigate BC NDP Candidate Bribery Allegation

Today’s BC Liberals have written to the RCMP asking them to investigate whether the BC NDP candidate in Boundary-Similkameen has breached the Criminal Code by offering an inducement to the independent to step aside.

In a Penticton Herald article, Colleen Ross discusses with the reporter Dr. Peter Entwhistle’s electoral chances and notes, “he’s not going to have any money, and he’s not going to have any clout.” She adds that Entwhistle “would be better off to take on the role of NDP health champion, rather than MLA….”

Dr. Entwhistle, speaking with the same newspaper, “confirms that Ross asked him to step down and offered him a position, but feels he can do more by staying in the race.”

Section 125 of the Criminal Code of Canada states:

“Everyone who:

(a) receives, agrees to receive, gives or procures to be given, directly or indirectly, a reward, advantage or benefit of any kind as consideration for cooperation, assistance or exercise of influence to secure the appointment of any person to an office,

is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.”

BC Liberals have referred this matter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for investigation.

While this is being referred, BC Liberal Candidate Andrew Wilkinson is calling on John Horgan to show leadership and withdraw Colleen Ross’ nomination as the BC NDP candidate in Boundary Similkameen.

“Offering an inducement in return for dropping out of an election is a very serious allegation, and given the statements in the Penticton Herald by both candidates, we believe an investigation by the RCMP is warranted,” said Wilkinson. “John Horgan needs to do the right thing and revoke the nomination of Colleen Ross as NDP candidate in Boundary Similkameen right now.”