Former Speaker of B.C. The legislature paid only $ 370 for two lorries of alcohol that was loaded into the clerk's truck and presented to him, claiming a new report by the Spokesman Spokesman Plecas.
And there is no good reason why the highest senior and senior officer of the Deputies, Clerk Craig James, should take two working days to drive the truck up to Bill Barisoff in Penticton, staying In a hotel along the road, the report says.
"That amount of money certainly does not match the accounts of two lorries of alcohol that were loaded into Mr James's truck and which included beer and hard spirits," said Plecas.
"The value of alcohol bought by Mr Barisoff of the Legislative Assembly was just a fraction of Mr James's cost making the journey. I think, as a Spokesman and as a taxpayer, this is unacceptable," Plecas writes .
Plecas's new report was presented to a legislature committee on Thursday afternoon, including responding to allegations made by the suspended officers, but also entering into more depth, as his / her investigation and principal staff continue.
"I definitely refuse to take $ 10,000 of color to Mr Barisoff, or otherwise," wrote James. "What I remember is that, together with a desk and a chair presented to him, and other personal effects, I took some alcohol to Mr Barisoff's house (certainly not worth $ 10,000) in the Okanagan when I was there; who has arranged to meet him on matters of the Legislative Assembly.
"I can remember that Mr Barisoff has provided a check for the alcohol, payable to the Legislative Assembly. It should be the records that are not available to me," says James.
Arrived on Thursday, Barisoff told CTV News that he did not want to address this while the legislature discussed.
"You have been advised not to make any comments while the Assembly Government is in Legislative," he said. "I do not want to make any comments now, OK?"
Plecas says he can not "tick" what Legislative business would require the clerk to use days to travel to Benticton or Vancouver, where he had lunchtime meetings with former Christy Clark.
"Even stopping disbelief and assuming these meetings are for genuine work purposes, I do not see why they could not be handled over the phone or by email," he said.
Plecas also claims that furniture from the legislature could also be loaded in the truck in 2013: a desk and a chair. There was a program to buy a former chair in the legislature for $ 50 each. But there was not a similar new program for chamber desks – which cost $ 10,000 to replace, said his report.
"The Clerk or the Speaker would only have the ordering authority to approve the gift of a Chamber desk," said Plecas.
In 2013, Barisoff retired as a Spokesman and was assisted by Linda Reid, Liberal MLA of Richmond BC. She is facing her own questions about double billing miles and taxi charges, and she was replaced as a proxy speaker earlier this month.
Plecas also raises concerns about holiday days – James and Lenz did not take them, and paid taxpayers' bills for them.
"The House is just 80 days a year. In sessions between them, Mr James and Mr. Lenz would have enough opportunity to take a holiday time," said Plecas.
"No-one I have talked to observing Mr James and Mr. Lenz is working very hard. Mr James clearly has time to drive alcohol around and pick up a trailer."
"I understand that the workload of the Acting Clerk has not increased all the duties that Mr James had previously made. This speaks volumes," added Plecas.