LINDA Reid, MLA for Richmond South Centre, in a statement on Wednesday said she was encouraged to see the Legislative Assembly Management Committee unanimously approve a comprehensive financial audit of the issues raised in the report from the Speaker and added: “As the auditor conducts their investigation, I will make myself fully available. I will work with the auditor and any other investigators to ensure the protection of taxpayer dollars.”
Reid said: “I feel it’s important to respect the process of the current investigations in order to ensure the public is provided with a full account of the entire situation.”
She noted: “The BC Liberal Caucus has been calling for this action for months, and it is critical for the public’s confidence in their Legislature that we receive an accurate and independent review of spending.”
Reid’s reaction came after B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver called for her to step aside as Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House and NDP MLA Garry Begg said that she must answer for her expenses and silence as the Speaker from 2013 to 2017.