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B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed resigns from cabinet post... again

B.C. Solicitor General <font class="matchSearch"><font class="matchSearch">Kash</font></font> Heed resigned from cabinet again Wednesday, just a day after being reinstated.

B.C. Solicitor General Kash Heed resigned from cabinet again Wednesday, just a day after being reinstated.

Heed told reporters that the events have been “a whirlwind of circumstances.”


“It's night and day and it's stormy. It's unpredictable this set of circumstances,” he said.


The
former police chief said he went home Tuesday night, discussed the
matter with his wife, and decided he needed to step down again.


He then contacted the premier, who is in Europe, and informed him of his decision.


Heed
first resigned his cabinet post last month after revealing there was an
investigation into allegations related to his campaign in last May's
provincial election.


A special prosecutor appointed by the
Criminal Justice Branch cleared him Monday of any wrongdoing, while
charges were laid against three of his top campaign officials.


Premier
Gordon Campbell re-appointed him to cabinet Tuesday but within hours,
the special prosecutor who cleared Heed resigned, citing revelations
his law firm had contributed $1,000 to Heed's campaign.


Lawyer
Terrence Robertson admitted he knew about the donation when he was
appointed special prosecutor but when the RCMP asked him about it,
Robertson told them he felt there was no conflict of interest.


In the wake of the revelation, Heed at first said he was staying put because he'd been completely cleared.


“The findings exonerated me,” Heed said Tuesday. “I'm living by that right now, and we are ready to move forward.”


But by Wednesday morning he had informed the premier he would step down again.


“Mr.
Heed anticipates a new special prosecutor will be rapidly reappointed
and is confident that individual will confirm the findings of his
predecessor, which was the basis of his reappointment to cabinet,” the
premier's office said in a statement.


Heed was elected in a
south Vancouver riding by less than 750 votes after being recruited as
a star candidate by the B.C. Liberals.


The former Vancouver
police officer and West Vancouver police chief was quickly appointed
solicitor general and minister of public safety.


But his
election came under a cloud last month over complaints about an
inflammatory campaign leaflet mailed to Chinese-Canadian voters in his
riding and two neighbouring ridings.


The Chinese-language
mail-outs, which did not identify themselves as official campaign
literature, accused the New Democrats of planning to legalize illegal
drugs, including heroin and cocaine, and said the party would also
consider bringing in an inheritance tax.


The criminal justice
branch announced Monday that Heed's campaign manager, his financial
officer and the owner of a printing business face a host of criminal
and Election Act charges.


The Opposition New Democrats condemned
Heed's initial reinstatement, saying he should remain out of cabinet
until the charges go through court.


Critics also suggested Heed
step down as MLA and face a byelection, arguing the original vote was
tainted by the campaign dirty tricks.

 
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