Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Part 2: "You have to question the premier’s judgment:" Christy keeps courting the ethnic vote

Cummins questions Clark-Dhaliwal appearance

By Bill Tieleman, News, Views, and Attitude – 24 hours, April 1, 2013.

Premier Christy Clark held an “inappropriate” meeting last week with a former BC Liberal candidate who faces six federal charges for failing to file corporate income tax returns, according to BC Conservative Party leader John Cummins.

On March 26, Clark appeared with Sukh Dhaliwal who resigned his Surrey-Panorama nomination Feb. 8 after it was learned he faced charges filed in Federal Court on Oct. 15, 2012, 24 hours has learned.
Cummins said Sunday that Clark, as premier, should not meet with Dhaliwal, a former federal Liberal MP, because his charges are still unresolved.

“You shouldn’t allow your office to be involved when someone is before the courts,” Cummins said in an exclusive interview. “Prudence suggests that until that matter is resolved the premier should not be involved – it’s inappropriate.”

The charges have not been heard in court and thus are unproven allegations by the federal prosecutor.
The photos on the Facebook page of Surrey’s Laxmi Narayan Mandir Hindu temple 24 hours was alerted to show Clark and Dhaliwal receiving blessings with Marvin Hunt, the new BC Liberal candidate in Surrey-Panorama.

The event seems a political appearance, with only BC Liberal candidates present and no New Democrat MLAs.  

“You have to question the premier’s judgment. That judgment is flawed, time after time,” Cummins said. “There’s just something that’s not quite right about it.”

Neither the BC Liberal Party, Dhaliwal nor Hunt responded to 24 hours requests for comment. 

Dhaliwal became the BC Liberal candidate on Oct. 31, but claims he only became aware in late November of charges laid Oct. 15 involving Genko Consultants Inc., a company of which he is president.

Clark’s willingness to take big political chances by being publicly seen with Dhaliwal is a clear sign that things are increasingly desperate for the party as the election nears.

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