Craig James’ statement, after stepping down as B.C. legislature clerk

Statement from Craig James, who retired as clerk of the B.C. legislature on Thursday:

“This morning I retired as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly. I have been in public service for more than four decades, and with the Legislative Assembly for more than 32 years. I made many friends, achieved much, and have fond memories — of the people, and the institution.

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“But I have had enough. I have been publicly ridiculed and vilified. My family has been deeply hurt and continues to suffer humiliation. In an effort to put an end to that, I have decided to retire, and reach a settlement with the Legislative Assembly.

“When the Speaker’s allegations were finally disclosed to me, I had much to say about them. I provided detailed written submissions and supporting documents, all of which are in the possession of the Legislative Assembly, many of which are not referred to or addressed in the Special Investigator’s Report, and almost none of which are likely known to the public or the press at this time.

“I believe the public has a right to see those submissions and documents, so they can know and understand the whole picture and judge the truth of these matters for themselves.”

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