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Special prosecutor appointed to aid RCMP investigation of BC Liberal strategy

The RCMP is investigating possible contraventions of British Columbia's Election Act and matters related to the government's controversial Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan, according to a statement the criminal justice branch released today.

NDP leader Adrian Dix also released a statement today saying he filed a complaint with the RCMP that led to the investigation.

"Following receipt of a complaint in August 2013, the RCMP commenced an investigation into matters arising out of the Review of the Draft Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan that was completed in March 2013 by Mr. John Dyble, Deputy Minister to the Premier," the criminal justice branch statement said. "The complaint also alleged Election Act irregularities for consideration by police."

The investigation could include members of the government as well as government employees, warranting the appointment of a special prosecutor "to avoid any real or perceived improper influence in the advice given to police, or the exercise of prosecutorial discretion should charges be approved."

David Butcher was appointed special prosecutor for the case on August 29, 2013, the same day the branch received the request from the RCMP.

"This investigation relates to concerns the Opposition raised repeatedly in the Legislature, as well as other serious issues," said Dix in a prepared statement. "I thought these issues were sufficiently serious as to warrant an investigation. The RCMP has now undertaken one and a Special Prosecutor has been appointed."

Dix said he will not provide any further details at this point so as to ensure the integrity of the work of the special prosecutor and the RCMP. "At this stage, it is important to let the investigation run its course. "

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

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