Sunday, November 10, 2013

BC Politics

Pimm's Fairy Tales

Ag-minister wants control of independent ALC  panel

Released by Dermod Travis, IntegrityBC

remier Christy Clark has no choice but to ask for and accept B.C. Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm's resignation following a news report that the Minister intervened in a file before the Agricultural Land Commission.


On Saturday, the Globe and Mail reported that Pimm and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman made representations in an application by a Fort St. John resident to withdraw land from the Agricultural Land Reserve.

“This is politics 101,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis. “Ministers don't interfere in the work of judicial or quasi-judicial tribunals and – if they do – they resign.”

IntegrityBC noted that former Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan resigned from federal cabinet earlier this year after it was learned that the Minister had written a character reference on behalf of a constituent to the Tax Court of Canada in 2011.

In its August decision, the Agricultural Land Commission drew fault with Pimm and Ackerman for making representations that “were not appropriate.”

The Commission wrote that the representations “could create the impression for both the Commission and the public that these officials were attempting to politically influence the Commission.”

Pimm has drafted a cabinet memo to restrict the powers of the Agricultural Land Commission and to strip it of its independence by bringing it under the direct control of his ministry.



Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC. 





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