Glen Clark resigned as premier in 1999 after police confirmed he was subject of an investigation. He was charged with breach of trust and accepting a benefit of more than $10,000. After a lengthy trial, he was acquitted on both counts, though the judge admonished him for his "poor judgment" in hiring Pilarinos. The judge described Clark's misbehaviour as an "act of folly."
The man convicted of offering former B.C. premier Glen Clark a benefit to try to get a casino licence has been ordered to perform community service.
Dimitrios Pilarinos was sentenced Friday to two years less a day of "house arrest" which means he won't be able to leave his residence at night.
The Crown had asked for a "substantial period of incarceration" because he tried to abuse his relationship with the province's highest elected official.
But the judge said Pilarinos has already paid a high personal price, losing his house and family since being arrested two years ago.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett also said Pilarinos is not a danger to the public.
As part of his sentence, he must also perform 240 hours of community service.
Elizabeth Denham highlighted problems reaching as high as Premier Christy Clark's office, involving the premier's deputy chief of staff.But she mainly zeroed in on George Gretes, a young political aide to Transportation Minister Todd Stone, who deliberately deleted emails related to safety consultations on the Highway of Tears, and then lied at least six times about it under oath to Denham's investigators.
Gretes resigned Thursday, but not before Denham referred his case to the RCMP. Perjury, the act of lying under oath, is a criminal offence. The RCMP said it's reviewing the case.
Denham's report drew attention to the practice of "triple-deleting" emails by government officials, in which a person can permanently scrub a record from a government server by deleting it from their email inbox, trash folder and then from a special "recover deleted items folder" before it's captured by the automatic monthly backup on the provincial system.
George Gretes was hired (2013) by Finance Minister Mike de Jong one year (2014) before Transportation Minister Todd Stone. One can only imagine how many Triple-O-Deletes happened under de Jong's watch.
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Executive Assistant to Mike de Jong, Finance, confirmed by LinkedIn
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|George Gretes Tim Duncan|
Four times Executive Officer of the University of Toronto, St. George Campus, Greek Student's Association (Twice as President).
2010 - 2011 Past President of the University of Toronto Campus Conservatives a venerable organization that has produced a wide variety of distinguished alumni in politics, business, and industry.