Former B.C. director pleads guilty in vote-getting scandal

Brian Bonney admits to breach of trust in ‘quick wins’ scandal

A former communications director for B.C.’s previous Liberal government has pleaded guilty in connection with a vote-getting scandal.

Brian Bonney was charged with breach of trust in May 2016 for his involvement in a strategy to win ethnic votes for then-premier Christy Clark’s Liberals in the 2013 election.

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Special prosecutor David Butcher says Bonney has pleaded guilty to the charge on Thursday ahead of a trial that was scheduled to begin next week.

Butcher says a sentencing hearing will be Dec. 6 and 7, and the Crown will provide details of the investigation at that time.

The so-called quick vote strategy allegedly used government resources to help woo multicultural voters.

Clark apologized for the plan in the legislature, saying it was a serious mistake.

The Canadian Press

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