In the wake of his bombastic report alleging excessive spending and mismanagement by two senior BC officials, the House of Representatives President Darryl Plecas is to suspend confidentiality agreements signed by former officials who claim to have been indicted for trying to report the excesses financial resources.
"We had a number of employees, both past and present, who came to us early in the summer with some startling claims, namely that they were terminated for no reason [and] basically instructed to sign non-disclosure agreements to receive some compensation, "said special adviser to President Alan Mullen.
"Now, essentially, what they are claiming is that they were fired for asking questions about finance and travel, improprieties of that nature.
The Plecas report, released on Monday, alleges that employee Craig James and Sgt. Gary Lenz drenched the taxpayer for luxurious travel and questionable expenses while paying their payments with scandalous retirement payments and vacation money schemes, among others. things.
Both James and Lenz say they have done nothing wrong. They remain suspended with full payment and have until February 1 to respond.
Mullen said he has heard of more than 20 employees who worked in the finance department, the library and Hansard, but some only speak in vague terms, fearing they could be sued because of their non-disclosure agreement.
"The Speaker's point of view is that if any employee wants to speak up and tell their story and clarify some things, especially with regard to doing something wrong then they should be able to do it," said Mullen.
"Right now, these are claims, but they certainly deserve to be investigated further."
Plecas' report shows an image of a workplace. where the staff looked the other way for fear of retribution.
"It seems that this sudden and unjustified cessation practice has fostered a culture of insecurity among officials in at least some of the departments of the Legislative Assembly, that if employees spoke of concerns or fell into disgrace they could lose their jobs without warning," wrote Plecas.
As part of its recommendations, Plecas requested a full review of the Legislative Assembly's work by an independent party.
The report also recommends a full forensic audit.