I rerun this piece again because a month has passed and I’ve heard nothing from Elections BC nor has the NDP Official Opposition replied to my request for comment about Mr. James apparently illegal status. Perhaps, each of us will be allowed to choose which rules and laws (income tax anyone?) apply to us. It seems elements of the BC Elections Act do not apply to Craig James.
Section 5(3) of the British Columbia Elections Act says:
Craig James, Acting Chief Electoral Officer, in a letter dated October 7, 2010 to MLA John Horgan, boasts:
- “[I perform work] for the World Bank and Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation (CCAF, Inc.)
- “I have been engaged with the Bank in a variety of tasks. . . It has taken me to places such as Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and El Salvador, to name a few. . .
- “The Turkish Government has asked me to assist them with a strategic plan . . .
- “The World Bank continues to rely upon me for assistance. . .
- “As for the CCAF, the Advisory Board meets regularly in Ottawa to discuss matters of financial import . . . and corporate structures generally. Again, this is very rewarding work.
- “The World Bank has asked me to lead a seminar in Bangladesh in December, while the CCAF has asked me to attend a planning session in Ottawa in November.
- “I am also the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees and have been since 1985.
- “I occupy a number of other positions, such as the Deputy Chair of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Parliamentary Review.”
Being as busy as he is, doing “very rewarding work” outside his role as Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. James apparently has not had time to read the Act of the BC Legislature that defines his job.
H/T to G.West, a citizen who pays attention to details and Kim who initiated communication with John Horgan.
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