Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims is a former president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and NDP MP. (Hansard TV)

Vancouver lawyer named special prosecutor for investigation into B.C. MLA

Jinny Sims resigned from cabinet on Oct. 4

Premier John Horgan says he’s not aware of the details of the allegations facing former cabinet minister Jinny Sims, but he’s confident she can clear up the issue.

Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims, who was also the citizens services minister, resigned from cabinet Friday after allegations that she mishandled visa applications and misused emails.

Her former cabinet portfolio made her responsible for government information security and disclosure. Allegations have been made that she use private channels to communicate with her staff, thereby avoiding freedom of information laws.

A former constituency assistant from Sim’s time as an NDP MP has also accused her of writing reference letters for 10 Pakistani citizens, including some on U.S security risk lists. The former assistant made the allegations in a letter to B.C.’s conflict of interest commissioner.

On Friday, Sims said in a statement her name would be cleared and that the allegations against her — which haven’t been made public — have no credibility.

On Monday, Horgan said he watched Sims when she was leader of the BC Teachers’ Federation, then a federal member of Parliament and now a member of his government and he has every confidence in her.

Vancouver lawyer Richard Peck has been appointed as special prosecutor for the investigation, the BC Prosecution Service said Monday.

Horgan and Attorney General David Eby faced a series of questions in the B.C. legislature Monday, with opposition MLAs asking about an internal investigation conducted by Horgan’s chief of staff, Geoff Meggs, into the allegations regarding immigration letters.

Horgan and Eby both replied that they don’t know what is being investigated by the RCMP, as Sims herself has said since the issue became public.

READ MORE: B.C. cabinet minister resigns as special prosecutor appointed

– with files from The Canadian Press


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Coast fundraising for Australian wildfires

“I’m super excited for everyone to come together and have the best fun we can have.”

Youth impress at Ucluelet gymnastics competition

“Between Tofino, Ucluelet and Ahousaht, I think I have about 300 kids total,”

USS Wrestling team takes unique detour around Tofino-Ucluelet highway closure to rock Abbotsford tournament

“It was a pretty fun weekend actually. We had a good time. It was a bit of an adventure.”

Friday’s earthquake a reminder to be prepared, says Ucluelet mayor

“When someone says, ‘Be prepared for 72 hours,’ that means exactly that: be prepared.”

Central Westcoast Forest Society is searching for wood and trees

Scrap wood will be used to help rebuild the local salmon populations near Tofino and Ucluelet.

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Calgary man dies in snowmobiling incident near Revelstoke

Boulder Mountain is a popular snowmobiling area west of the city

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

RCMP to review fatal B.C. train derailment investigation after evidence points to ‘cover up’

The derailment, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2019, killed three men from Calgary

Family hopes Britain can get pregnant B.C. woman out of China’s coronavirus epicentre

Lauren Williams, who is about 35 weeks pregnant, has been stuck in Wuhan

Caregiver, society charged in death of developmentally disabled B.C. woman

The victim was not given the ‘necessities of life,’ police said

B.C. councillor runs afoul of Coastal GasLink protester

Northern pipeline not a Maple Ridge issue, insists Coun. Gordy Robson

Most Read