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Staffer Who Quit Amid Ethnic Vote Scandal Back With Liberals

05/08/2013 06:20 EDT | Updated 07/08/2013 05:12 EDT
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Liberal Leader Christy Clark's former deputy chief of staff who was forced to resign because of controversy over the ethnic outreach strategy is back with the party.

The party confirms Kim Haakstad is volunteering on Clark's campaign in Vancouver-Point Grey.

- Read more about Kim Haakstad resigning and the ethnic vote controversy here

“She has been volunteering as a private citizen, which she has the right to do,” Clark said while on a campaign stop in Mission on Wednesday.

Haakstad stepped down in March after it was revealed she offered advice and input into a controversial leaked document that oulined the Liberals' plan to win ethnic votes in the upcoming provincial election.

“She … made a mistake, and about 35 years old, made a mistake, left, didn't take a penny of severance, and admitted she made a mistake and took full responsibility for it, no excuses," Clark said Wednesday.

"Compare that to what we see from the man who wants to be premier today.”

Clark is referring to a message highlighted in a YouTube video rolled out by the party Wednesday morning.

The video focuses on Dix’s comment at the televised leaders’ debate that he was just 35 years old when he backdated a memo while serving as former premier Glen Clark’s chief of staff.

- Read more about the Liberals' YouTube video here

The YouTube video features young Liberals who say they are under 35 but take responsibility for their actions.

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