A special prosecutor has dropped the criminal investigation into Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims, citing no evidence to support any of the allegations.
“The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) confirmed today that Special Prosecutor Richard Peck QC has concluded his involvement in the investigation conducted by the RCMP into allegations of criminal wrongdoing against MLA Jinny Sims and other persons.
The RCMP informed Peck it had dropped its investigation given the lack of evidence.
“As the matter concluded without recommendation of charges there will be no further comment or specific information released regarding the allegations by Mr. Peck or the BCPS,” stated the BCPS in a news release Friday.
The allegations have remained under wraps from official sources.
However Sims’ former constituency worker, Kate Gillie, raised several objections about Sims’ handling of various issues during the six weeks she worked for the (now former) minister in early 2019, before she was fired.
Liberal MLA Mike de Jong told the house in May 2019 the allegations include that Sims was trying to facilitate entry into Canada of foreign nationals who were on a security watch, in exchange for money.
Liberal MLA Shirley Bond quoted a passage from Gillie, saying she continually got “strident instructions from both the minister and senior political staff to phone or text only.”
Sims said in May 2019 the allegations were “a load of nonsense” and denied any money was involved in doing constituency work.
Soon after, Sims was removed from her cabinet position as Minster of Citizens’ Services. The ordeal had brought a degree of uncertainty to the NDP-Green Party coalition government, which is holding power by just two seats of 87 total in the house (including now independent Andrew Weaver).