New conflict-of-interest czar for B.C. appointed

Former B.C. Supreme Court justice Victoria Gray is B.C.’s new conflict of interest commissioner.

She replaces Paul Fraser, who died in March last year. Lynn Smith had been acting commissioner since June.

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A special legislative committee unanimously recommended appointing Gray, who served as a B.C. Supreme Court justice for 16 years before her retirement in 2017.

Gray studied law at the University of Toronto, practised as a commercial litigator in Vancouver for 19 years and taught civil litigation at the Peter A. Allard law school at the University of British Columbia.

She has chaired several boards, including the Law Foundation of B.C., YWCA Metro Vancouver and West Coast LEAF Society.

The conflict commissioner is a non-partisan, independent officer of the legislative assembly.

The commissioner’s mandate includes reviewing members’ confidential disclosure statements, providing advice to members regarding their financial interests, and conducting investigations and inquiries when required.

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