VICTORIA - Premier John Horgan says he's not aware of the allegations facing former cabinet minister Jinny Sims, but he's confident she can clear up the issue.
Sims resigned from the New Democrat cabinet on Friday following an announcement that a special prosecutor had been appointed amid an investigation by RCMP.
Horgan says he watched Sims when she was leader of the BC Teachers' Federation, then a federal member of Parliament and now a member of his government and he has every confidence in her.
Sims said in a statement Friday that her name would be cleared and that the allegations against her - which haven't been made public - have no credibility.
The Opposition B.C. Liberals have accused Sims of using personal emails to allegedly circumvent the province's freedom of information laws and of writing letters to support visa applications for 10 Pakistani citizens who were on a security watch list.
The BC Prosecution Service says in a statement that Vancouver lawyer Richard Peck was appointed as the special prosecutor on the request of RCMP, while it looked into allegations of criminal wrongdoing against Sims and others.
WRT Jinny Sims, Horgan says he found out at 2:30 on Friday about investigation. Says he doesn’t know what allegations are and decision was made she’d step aside as minister and so release went out late Friday.— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) October 7, 2019
Back to Sims, says he has confidence in her, points out system is such that the investigation is not public and free from politicization— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) October 7, 2019
Jinny Sims says she has “no idea” what the allegations are and says it would be inappropriate to speculate on what they are. pic.twitter.com/UPUx3XPJVh— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) October 7, 2019