Brian Bonney, Ex-B.C. Official, Charged Over Ethnic Vote Plan

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VANCOUVER — A former communications director in the British Columbia government has been charged with breach of trust in connection with a strategy by the Liberals to win ethnic votes in the 2013 election.

A special prosecutor approved the charge against Brian Bonney in connection with the duties of his office.

Bonney was also charged in 2014 with expense violations under the Elections Act.

Special prosecutor David Butcher continued his investigation after the first charges were laid and received three separate reports from the Crown and the RCMP arising out of the government's draft multicultural strategic outreach plan.

The investigation was launched shortly after a report from Premier Christy Clark's deputy minister concluded that lines between the B.C. government and the provincial Liberal party were clearly crossed in a government effort to win ethnic votes.

Clark later apologized in the legislature for the ethnic votes plan, saying it was a very serious mistake.

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