10/13/2017 20:50 EDT | Updated 10/13/2017 21:37 EDT

Brian Bonney, Former B.C. Director, Pleads Guilty In Vote-Getting Scandal

He plead guilty to breach of trust in the partisan outreach scandal.

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Brian Bonney, former B.C. liberal communications director pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to vote-getting scandal to win ethnic votes during 2013 election.

VANCOUVER — A former communications director for British Columbia's previous Liberal government has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge in connection with a vote-getting scandal.

Brian Bonney was charged with breach of trust in May 2016 for his involvement in a strategy to win ethnic votes for then-premier Christy Clark's Liberals in the 2013 election.

Special prosecutor David Butcher says Bonney has pleaded guilty to the charge on Thursday ahead of a trial that was scheduled to begin next week.

Butcher says a sentencing hearing will be Dec. 6 and 7, and the Crown will provide details of the investigation at that time.

The so-called quick vote strategy allegedly used government resources to help woo multicultural voters.

Clark apologized for the plan in the legislature, saying it was a serious mistake.

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