Kim Haakstad Resigns: Christy Clark Staffer Quits Amid Ethnic Vote Scandal

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark accepted the resignation of her deputy chief of staff on Friday. (CP) | CP

Morale among B.C. Liberals has taken another hit after Premier Christy Clark's deputy chief of staff quit Friday.

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Kim Haakstad," said Clark in a news statement. "Kim reached her decision after much consideration of her roles and responsibilities."

Haakstad will not be receiving severance pay.

On Wednesday, B.C. NDP leaked documents detailing an outreach strategy orchestrated by government staffers to win ethnic notes in May's upcoming provincial election.

The 17-page memo was sent from Haakstad to eight people. It detailed plans to handle ethnic media and to identify and correct historical wrongs like Komagata Maru incident from May 1914.

The ethnic vote plan was widely criticized by politicians and members of Vancouver's Chinese community. Clark issued an apology on Thursday.

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