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Clark promises ethnic-votes report as riding officials quit

Even as Premier Christy Clark issued a promise to published a written report on the "Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan," BC Liberal Party constituency association presidents were reported to be resigning.

In a news release issued early Friday afternoon, the B.C. government described the review of the Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan:

On Feb. 28, 2013, Premier Christy Clark asked John Dyble, Deputy Minister to the Premier, Cabinet Secretary and head of the BC Public Service, to conduct a review of the draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan to ensure that no government resources were inappropriately used, nor violations of the Public Service Act (Public Service Standards of Conduct) committed.

The written report once completed will be made public.

Terms of Reference

* Conduct interviews and review all documents and information related to the draft multicultural strategic outreach plan.

* Scope of the review is to include the Premier's Office, Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Government Communications and Public Engagement and relevant ministers' offices.

* Review to be conducted immediately with findings reported as expeditiously as possible.

* Provide written report.

The release also listed the members of the review team. In addition to John Dyble, they include Peter Milburn, Deputy Minister of Finance: Finances and Expenditures of Government; Lynda Tarras, Head, BC Public Service Agency: Human Resources and Public Service Standards of Conduct; and Kim Henderson, Deputy Minister, Citizens' Services and Open Government: Resources and Records.

Meanwhile, Liberal constituency association presidents in three Surrey ridings were reported this afternoon to be resigning.

On, Shane Woodford reported that in Surrey-Fleetwood, riding association president and former MLA Brenda Locke has resigned. Peter Fassbender, the Liberal candidate for the riding, was quoted as saying the presidents in Surrey-Green Timbers and Surrey-Whalley would also resign today.

A CTV News report said the resignations were due to unhappiness about the leak of the multicultural strategy plan, and the resignation of Liberal candidate Sukh Dhaliwal.

In a related development, CBC News reported that the B.C. Chinese community is "outraged" by the multicultural strategy plan, and that Bill Chu, chair of the Canadian Reconciliation Society, called Clark's apology "unacceptable."

On #bcpoli, pundits on Friday afternoon were tweeting that Clark should fire whoever thought up the "quick win" strategy.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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