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Bond needs to be seen to be acting on Dyble recommendation, says Krog

A week after the release of a report on the controversial Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan coordinated in Premier Christy Clark's office, the New Democratic Party's attorney general critic Leonard Krog said he's still waiting to hear if one of its most straight-forward recommendations has been followed.

"It's close to a week and I haven't had a reply from Shirley [Bond]," said Leonard Krog, the New Democratic Party's critic for the attorney general, in an interview this morning.

Krog wrote to the minister March 15 on the matter. "I would have thought they would have jumped on this," he said. "The fourth recommendation is very clear."

That recommendation in the review led by Clark's deputy minister John Dyble said, "The Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice should take appropriate action to secure any government records in the possession of former public servants and caucus employees named in this report and seek an undertaking that these records have not been used for inappropriate purposes."

"I just think it's a no brainer," said Krog. "The attorney general should have acted on it immediately, especially given the premier's commitment. If they haven't done it, it's shocking. If they have, they need to say so. The public's confidence in the premier's office is pretty low."

Bond, in a statement emailed via a ministry spokesperson, today said she has acted on the recommendation. "I have already asked the Deputy Attorney General to have Legal Services Branch begin the process of securing the government documents referenced in recommendation four," she said. "The Deputy Attorney General will be responsible for all the follow up that is required. I expect the work to be done as expeditiously as possible."

The spokesperson did not immediately respond to an email asking when that instruction was given.

Update, 4:45 p.m.: The spokesperson for the attorney general called to say Bond gave the direction to the deputy attorney general the same day Dyble released his report.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee's Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Find him on Twitter or reach him here.

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