Premier Christy Clark says she's ready to "put a fork" in any allegations that she was involved in the provincial government's controversial sale of BC Rail.
Clark says she'll co-operate fully with B.C. Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser if he launches an investigation into her connection to the privatization of the former Crown-owned agency.
The premier says she's glad the issue has been put before Fraser because she wants to finally settle questions that continue to dog her nine years after it first arose.
Independent MLA John van Dongen requested the probe this week after compiling vast documentation around the sale of the railway.
He wants the commissioner to examine Clark's actions in the summer and fall of 2003, the same time the Liberal government announced the sale.
Christy Clark did recuse herself from a November 19, 2003, cabinet meeting about the sale of BC Rail because of a possible conflict of interest, but van Dongen alleges she failed to recuse herself from earlier meetings between May and November that dealt with the sale.
He's also raised concerns about interactions Clark had with key players in the BC Rail deal, including Dave Basi and Bob Virk, two Liberal cabinet aides who pleaded guilty to providing insider information to bidders in the deal.
Clark, who was the education minister and deputy premier during the sale, told reporters she believes that supposition and rumours still circulating only serve to undermine public confidence.
Van Dongen has also applied to B.C. Supreme Court for intervener status in the court action by the province's auditor general for access to legal records in the BC Rail case.