British Columbia

Former B.C. bureaucrat cops corruption plea

A former B.C. bureaucrat who faced a number of criminal charges in connection to the awarding of health technology contracts has pleaded guilty to breach of trust.
Former B.C. civil servant Ron Danderfer has pleaded guilty to breach of trust in a corruption investigation, the CBC's Stephen Smart reports 2:47

A former B.C. bureaucrat who faced a number of criminal charges in connection to the awarding of health technology contracts has pleaded guilty to breach of trust.

Ron Danderfer had pleaded not guilty to four criminal charges, but following lengthy deliberations, the Crown agreed to stay all other charges with his guilty plea to the one offence.

Until 2007, Danderfer had been assistant deputy minister of health responsible for technology.

Ronald Danderfer, in a pre-2007 photo, has had three charges against him stayed in exchange for a guilty plea to one other charge. (CBC)
He admitted accepting benefits, including a vacation at a Kelowna condominium owned by Dr. Jonathan Burns, an MD and  a health technology contractor who had been bidding on government contracts.

Danderfer's lawyer, Mayland McKimm, said his client had an exceptional career with the provincial government.

"Everything he did was an attempt to sort of advance good agendas and good programs for the provincial  government and the people of British Columbia," said McKimm. "In doing so he was sort of overly enthusiastic to get the job done."

Burns admitted in a previous trial to offering the benefits and was sentenced in February to three years probation and community service.

One other man,  James Roy Taylor, also was charged in March 2010 following an RCMP investigation and a review by special prosecutor John Waddell. Taylor has yet to stand trial.

Danderfer will be sentenced July 14.

With files from the CBC's Jeff Davies