It is best to get the word and word count issues resolved at this stage than have Ida Chong voted out of office, then reinstated or confirmed in office by court order because an industry group challenges the outcome and a judge finds that there were indeed procedural errors.
I’m not surprised that Craig James ventures to Ottawa on occasion. Elections BC and Elections Canada no doubt cooperate on maintaining voters lists and so on to minimize duplication and unnecessary expenses and avoid electoral confusion.
The issue of BC Elections holding off on sending the HST petition to the legislature has been hacked over here before. The criticism has not been persuasive. James approved the petition for submission to the legislature, an industry group legally blocked him, and when the court ruled in BC Election’s favour he promptly sent the petition to the legislature. Where’s the problem there? As a statutory decision-maker he is subject to judicial supervision, which is a safeguard against bureaucratic oppression. He was right to defer to the court’s processes.
As for the 28 year electoral veteran who was let go, I’ve had problems enough understanding office politics in places I’ve worked let alone in workplaces in far off Victoria. Unless there is a court or arbitration decision that can be pointed to, I don’t think that anyone can comment knowledgeably.
As for allegations about James being is a “Liberal” appointee and biased, hundreds if not thousands of people in the civil service and on boards, commissions and tribunals hold order-in-council or ministerial appointments that routinely continue on after elections, thus demonstrating their independence. Appointments of defeated candidates, party bosses, family members and their hairdressers can and occasionally do raise concerns about administrative independence, but is there any evidence that James is a non-arms length appointee? Information to that effect would be interesting, but none has been forthcoming that I can recall.
The only issue about James that strikes me as concerning is that he is still in an ‘acting’ capacity, because that casts a cloud on his decisions, encourages conspiracy theories and other quests to find boogie-bears that may or may not exist. I love reading dirt about public officials, but evidentiary support for the statements against James has been in rather short supply.