Did the suspended officers of the Legislature swear the simple oath required of MLA’s:
I, A.B., swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, [or her successor], her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.
Or the much more onerous oath required of people in the public service:
Public service in BC requires much of the thousands of regular employees and their supervisors:
BC Public Service employees are united by a shared commitment, not just to deliver the services and programs and policies of government but to do so in ways that maintain and enhance the trust and confidence of British Columbians.
This focus on purpose, impact and ethical commitment is woven into the very fabric of who we are as an organization and how we work. It is embedded in the Oath sworn by every one of us when we begin our career, and in the corporate values we bring to our jobs every day.
Whether or not the behaviour of Craig James and Gary Lenz is eventually judged in court to be criminal, we have enough information to know there was a failure of loyal service to the people and government of BC.
Integrity and putting interests of the public and the public service above personal interest seem to have been forgotten.
Yet, it was not only James, Lenz and Speakers Linda Reid and Bill Barisoff who dismissed those promises.
In fiscal year 2018, Deputy Clerk Kate Ryan-Lloyd was paid $251,925 (up 121% since 2009) and Executive Finance Officer Hilary Woodward received $198,380 (up 74% since 2014).
Yet neither sounded an alarm about financial mismanagement. Which brings up the question: were they handsomely paid for competence or silence and obedience?
Speaker Darryl Plecas says he was guided by his moral compass. The senior officers working at the Legislature may not understand that concept.