B.C. Premier and Jobs Minister Sued by Fired LNG Advocate Claiming $5 Million

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B.C. Premier and Jobs Minister Sued by Fired LNG Advocate Claiming $5 Million


B.C. premier, minister, sued by fired LNG advocate

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VANCOUVER - British Columbia's fired liquefied natural gas advocate is suing Premier John Horgan, the province's jobs minister and a New Democrat MP in a lawsuit claiming $5 million in damages.

Gordon Wilson alleges in a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court that Horgan made defamatory statements to news media earlier this month by saying there's no evidence of any written reports or briefings to back up his salary.

The statement of claim says Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston told a media outlet Wilson's contract was terminated because an internal review uncovered no documents to support $550,000 in payments since 2013.

Wilson also quotes in the claim a Facebook post by British Columbia MP Rachel Blaney in which she implies taxpayers money could have been used to meet other needs, such as housing.

Wilson says in his claim that information detailing his work on LNG was available on a government website but was negligently or wilfully overlooked and neither Horgan nor Ralston discussed any employment issues with him. …

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