Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr
14200 Green Timbers Way
Surrey BC V3T 6P3
2018 May 20
Please investigate W. Brett Wilson for offering to pay BC NDP MLAs to cross the floor
On or about 2018 May 19, Calgary, Alberta-based businessmen W. Brett Wilson tweeted the following (please see attachment for the complete tweet):
Idea – am thinking we should just pay a couple of folks from #PremierHorgan @NDP teamto cross the floor & give power back to the people of #BritishColumbia
I am in for $10,000. Should almost be enough eh? DM me to arrange.
This is a plain and obvious conspiracy to violate Section 119 of the Criminal Code, which states:
Bribery of judicial officers, etc.
119 (1) Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years who
(a) being the holder of a judicial office, or being a member of Parliament or of the legislature of a province, directly or indirectly, corruptly accepts, obtains, agrees to accept or attempts to obtain, for themselves or another person, any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment in respect of anything done or omitted or to be done or omitted by them in their official capacity, or
(b) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives or offers to a person mentioned in paragraph (a), or to anyone for the benefit of that person, any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment in respect of anything done or omitted or to be done or omitted by that person in their official capacity.
I humbly request you to investigate Mr. Wilson’s tweet and take appropriate actions to bring Mr. Wilson to justice.
I’ve just filed a complaint against Sutton West Coast over the part they played in disrupting BC Attorney General David Eby’s town hall.
Here’s the full text of my complaint:
- Sutton Group West Coast Realty (“Sutton West Coast”) took out a full page advertisement on Vancouver Courier newspaper published on or about 2018 April 28 urging supporters to disrupt Attorney General David Eby’s planned town hall with his constituents.
- This advertisement, and similar call by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, forced Mr. Eby to cancel the event owing to security reasons.
- The wording of the call for action in Sutton West Coast’s advertisement was “Regardless of whether or not the Hall is full, demonstrate your opposition to these taxes and make your voice heard by attending:” followed by details of Mr. Eby’ town hall. The “Regardless of whether or not the Hall is full” was underlined in the original advertisement.
- Similarly, Mr. Wilkinson, urged his supporters to protest at Mr. Eby’s town hall “whether you have a ticket or not”.
- An elected MLA has a duty to meet with his or her constituents. In turn, the constituents have a right to meet their MLA. Sutton West Coast’s advertisement, singularly or in conjunction with Mr. Wilkinson’s letter, amounts to a deliberate disruption of the democratic process. It deprives the constituents of their democratic rights, and prevents an elected official from carrying out their democratic duties.
- Section 35(2) of the Real Estate Services Act states :
A licensee commits conduct unbecoming a licensee if the licensee engages in conduct that, in the judgment of a discipline committee,
(a) is contrary to the best interests of the public,
(b) undermines public confidence in the real estate industry, or
(c) brings the real estate industry into disrepute.
- It is plain and obvious that Sutton West Coast has violated Section 35(2) of the Real Estate Service Act as inciting mobs to sabotage a democratic process is contrary to the best interests of the public, undermines public confidence in the real estate industry, and brings the real estate industry into disrepute.
- Candice Dyer is named as the managing broker of Sutton West Coast.
- Section 6 (2) of the Act states:
A managing broker licensed in relation to a brokerage acts for the brokerage for all purposes under this Act, and is responsible for
(c) the control and conduct of the brokerage’s real estate business, including supervision of the associate brokers and representatives who are licensed in relation to the brokerage.
- Therefore, Ms. Dyer is named as the licensee against whom the complaint is made.
Andrew Wilkinson, MLA
Leader of the Official Opposition
2018 May 01
Please don’t incite violence against political opponents
Dear Mr. Wilkinson,
I’m greatly alarmed to learn that you have recently incited mob violence against British Columbia Attorney General David Eby, forcing him to cancel a planned town hall on the speculation tax. Your conduct is both undemocratic, and unbecoming of a person of your intellect, calibre and stature.
Fom Mussolini to Mugabe, intimidating one’s political opponents through violence is a depraved tactic only the most despotic dictators have engaged in. And history has shown us that once politicians divide societies by means of violent polarization, they send those societies down a path of certain ruin. Is that what you want for British Columbia?
While I’m aware that you have made a career of representing big tobacco and corrupt businessmen from China against BC, I want to believe that you did so for the money, and not out of some deep rooted hatred towards your fellow British Columbians.
I, like you, am an immigrant to Canada. I learned while studying for my citizenship test that the role of the opposition in a parliamentary democracy is to “peacefully oppose or try to improve government proposals.”(Emphasis Mine.)
A town hall is one of the most inclusive forms of democratic discourse. By inciting mobs to violently disrupt a town hall, not only are you compromising the safety and security of an elected official and civilians who wish to engage with him, you’re also undermining our democratic institutions.
I urge you: stop. Stop inciting violence. Take the honourable path and restore civility by apologizing to Mr. Eby and asking your supporters to refrain from violence.