BRITISH COLUMBIA
06/19/2014 06:33 EDT | Updated 08/19/2014 05:59 EDT

NDP want auditor general to look into advanced education minister

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Opposition New Democrats want the provincial auditor general to investigate allegations about irregular payments at Kwantlen Polytechnic University that have embroiled Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

A government report released earlier this week found that Virk served voluntarily on a university board of directors that broke disclosure requirements by topping up salaries of senior executives to sweeten job offers.

The report found that in 2012 the board approved a $50,000 pre-employment offer to current university president Alan Davis.

Virk said he could have done better but he did not resign and Premier Christy Clark says she has confidence in him as minister.

David Eby, the advanced education critic for the NDP, says Clark is refusing to hold Virk responsible for his role in the scandal.

Eby pointed out that the author noted in the report that there were larger questions he was not able to look into because they were outside the mandate of his investigation.