Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Democracy Watch Loses Conflict Argument Involving Premier in B.C. Court

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Democracy Watch Loses Conflict Argument Involving Premier in B.C. Court

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Democracy Watch loses B.C. conflict argument

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VANCOUVER - An advocacy group has lost its legal bid to have two rulings by B.C.'s conflict of interest commissioner involving Premier Christy Clark set aside.

Democracy Watch released a copy Wednesday of the B.C. Supreme Court decision dismissing its petition for an order that would review and set aside the conflict commissioner's decisions on the provincial Liberal party's fundraising activities.

The case stemmed from two decisions released last year by the province's conflict commissioner, Paul Fraser, who applied to have the case dismissed, arguing his rulings are protected by legislative privilege and are not subject to review by the courts.

Justice Kenneth Affleck said in his written ruling that as an officer of the legislature, the commissioner makes recommendations to the house, which then chooses whether to exercise any discipline over its members. …

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