Saturday, May 18, 2019

Craig James' Third-person bio unable to spell MISCONDUCT 4 out of 5 times

Who in amongst the 13 world wide entities named by Craig James in his Fiji Parliament bio will want their associations linked to him over a log splitter (and trailer), suits, luggage, a retirement allowance payment of $257,988 and a life insurance policy (after retirement) of $370,315 and a sundry of other items, ...... and filching a truck load of liquor from the Speaker's office?

Annexure - Fiji Parliament

Page 11 of 49

Page 1 of 49

Third-person Bio:
Craig James Clerk, (1) Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, (2) Canada Executive Director, (3) Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC)

Craig James has worked in parliament since 1978. In 1987 he was appointed Clerk Assistant and Clerk of Committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and he served in this role supporting the work of parliamentary committees and the House for twenty-three years. In September 2011 Craig was appointed by the Legislature to be the Clerk - the 12th person to hold this position in British Columbia.

Craig has been (4) Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC) since 1985. He is an active member of the (5) Association of Clerks-at-the-Table in Canada, the (6) Association of Clerks-at-the-Table in Commonwealth Parliaments, the (7) Canadian-American Clerks Association and is a member of the advisory board of the (8) Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation (CCAF, Inc) - a national body comprising legislative auditors and parliamentarians with representation from banking and private sector organization.

Over the past few years, Craig has been a consultant to the (9) World Bank, (10) World Bank Institute and the (11) Commonwealth Parliamentary Association participating in seminars from training of parliamentary staff to designing parliamentary committees systems to parliamentary financial oversight including the oversight of Parliament, itself. He has been assisting the (12) Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch in establishing the (13) Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees.

Clerk of the House

Craig James

the Breaker News

Suits and cases

The first misconduct was relatively easy for McLachlin. She concluded that the suits and luggage James bought were for personal use and James broke rules by being reimbursed.

James spent $2,150 on suits during separate trips to tailor Ede and Ravenscroft in London. James also spent $2,135.87 on various pieces of luggage.  Snip

Stuffing pockets

James crafted a retirement allowance program in February 2012 and essentially paid himself $257,988. McLachlin could not accept James’s explanation and called the significant personal benefit a “mystery” and “without any evidenced justification.”  Snip

Booze for Barisoff

The truckload of beer, wine and spirits that James delivered to ex-speaker Bill Barisoff, and collected only $370 in return, was another misconduct.  Snip


 “I conclude that Mr. James retention and use of the wood splitter and trailer violated Legislative Assembly policy and constituted misconduct.”


Vancouver Sun

 “The special investigator found that Mr. James did engage in misconduct with respect to four of the five allegations, specifically in relation to making expense claims where improper purchases (were) of a personal nature, by directing the creation of three benefits to his personal advantage outside established protocols, improperly removing legislative assembly property … and by improperly using legislative property,” said NDP government house leader Mike Farnworth.

PS 4th Westminster Workshop?

McLachlin Report on the Special Investigation - Legislative Assembly ...

May 3, 2019 - unrelated to any police investigation into these matters; it is limited to administrative .... (1) Ultimate responsibility for administration of the Legislative .... of a police investigation and criminal prosecution, rather than the lens of.

Page 57 of 57:

1.    2.    3.

In order of importance within ................... (brackets)
2.       (1); (3); (2)
Mr. Craig Hartley James ..... with friends .... singing ....

99 bottles of cognac on the wall, 99 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 98 bottles of cognac on the wall.
98 bottles of cognac on the wall, 98 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 97 bottles of cognac on the wall.
97 bottles of cognac on the wall, 97 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 96 bottles of cognac on the wall.
96 bottles of cognac on the wall, 96 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 95 bottles of cognac on the wall.
95 bottles of beer on the wall, 95 bottles of cognac.
Take one down and pass it around, 94 bottles of cognac on the wall.


e.a.f. said...

Happy that Beverly MacClaghlin did the report and it is now in the public domain. Now we all know. Now we all know what needs to be done and it is up to the leg. to get on with the work.

You do have to wonder why he did it. Perhaps because he could. he felt he was "owed' this for services rendered to the B.C. Lieberals. At least he is gone and hopefully with new Leg. can move forward. As to spelling mistakes he just most likely don't have the word in his vocabulary.

North Van's Grumps said...

Craig James, an alcoholic? How else to explain missing alcohol?

Beverley (Marian) McLachlin Report

Page 43 of 57 PDF

No record was kept and Mr. James never accounted for the alcohol he removed. For his part, Speaker Barisoff recalls that the cheque he issued would have included payment for the THREE BOTTLES OF PORT. This makes sense as records made available to me indicate that the only port purchased on record (going back to 2006) was paid for by the Legislative Assembly. Therefore, I find that the cheque from Speaker Barisoff for $370.00 could only have paid for a portion of the alcohol that I find was removed from the Legislative precinct.

In Speaker Barisoff's recollection, he made and signed the cheque at the time of the purchase. Mr. James agrees that the cheque was received when it was signed in late June 2013. However, he has not explained why he received the cheque potentially two months after he removed the alcohol and furniture from the Legislative precinct and after he says he delivered it to Penticton.

It was Mr. James's responsibility as Clerk to protect the Legislative assembly's interests and its properyt. The absence of any inventory or accounting of alcohol purchased for Legislative Assembly purposes represents a failure to properly discharge this responsibility.

I find that Mr. James improperly managed the inventory of alcohol and its use and removal, and that this triggered unrecorded losses to the Legislative Assembly. This constitutes a failure of expenditure management, a duty fundamental to the office of the Clerk. As Clerk, it was Mr. James's obligation to ensure that an accounting system for alcohol was in place. His failure to do so enabled the situation that came to pass: missing alcohol. In this case, the lack of any system of accounting meant that Mr. James, unchecked, could do whatever he wanted with the alcohol he had loaded onto his truck. Instead of considering his duty to protect Legislative Assembly property, Mr. James allowed a situation to develop where the property could be dissipated and lost without recourse.

I conclude that Mr. James knowingly removed a significant quantity of alcohol from the
Legislative precinct, without accounting for what he took or providing verifiable payment for it. This constitutes misconduct by Mr. James.