The Canadian Press
Date: Tuesday Sep. 6, 2011 8:06 PM ET
VICTORIA — The New Democrat Opposition in B.C. says the rules may not have been followed when former Liberal premier Gordon Campbell was granted one of the province’s top honours.
New Democrat house leader John Horgan says his inbox has been filled with comments from citizens who are wondering if the Order of B.C. was granted too soon.
The deadline for nominations was March 11, but Horgan points out Campbell was a member of the legislature until March 15 and that strikes him as out of order.
Sitting local, provincial and federal politicians aren’t eligible to receive the Order of B.C.
Horgan has sent a letter to the speaker of the B.C. legislature asking him to explain how the nomination was allowed when Campbell was a sitting member.
Several hundred people have signed an online petition saying Campbell isn’t eligible or doesn’t deserve the honour. (Ed. note: Actually 4,349 as of Sept 6, 9:00 PM)