Bonney resigns from new job
Burnaby resident Brian Bonney has resigned from his private-sector job after being identified as one of the people behind the BC Liberals' ethnic-vote scandal.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC) has accepted Bonney's resignation as its chief executive officer effective immediately, it said in a press release.
"Mr. Bonney tendered his resignation in light of the Dyble Report, which he felt compromised his ability to work in the best interests of the residential construction industry," the release said.
Bonney had started the job on Feb. 25.
John Dyble's report looked into the Liberals' ethnic-voter strategy which aimed to win votes from ethnic groups and use government resources to do so.
Dyble found that while employed as the provincial government's communications director for the multiculturalism portfolio, Bonney spent half of his time actually doing work for the BC Liberal Party. The Liberals have since said they will repay $70,000 of his salary, half of the $140,000 he earned over 16 months, to the government.
The report also concluded that Bonney and others involved communicated through personal email accounts instead of government ones to avoid scrutiny under Access to Information regulations.
Bonney was perviously director of provincial affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and vice-president for Uniserve Communications.
As well as previously owning and operating two telecom companies, he has long been active in politics with the BC Liberals, and at the civic level, having run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002 under the Team Burnaby banner and for council in 1993 with the Burnaby Voters Association.