British Columbia

Heed hopes to return as B.C.'s top cop

Former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed, who stepped down amid a political scandal on Friday, says he is confident he will resume his post as the province's top cop.
Former solicitor general Kash Heed says he hopes to return to cabinet once an investigation is complete. ((CBC))
Former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed, who stepped down amid a political scandal on Friday, says he is confident he will resume his post as the province's top cop.

Heed resigned after revealing the RCMP is investigating his 2009 election campaign. Police say they are looking into alleged violations of campaign financing and advertising rules.

At a celebration for Vaisakhi — one of the Sikh faith's largest annual cultural celebrations — on Saturday in his Vancouver-Fraserview riding, Heed said he is wanted to maintain the integrity of the office.

"My intention is to be back as solicitor general," he said.

"I have done absolutely nothing wrong. I'm going to fully co-operate with this investigation. I stepped aside simply because I wanted to ensure the integrity of the solicitor general office for the province of British Columbia."

Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell has thrown his support behind the MLA, saying he believes Heed has done nothing wrong.

NDP Leader Carole James says Heed's resignation reveals a troubling trend. ((CBC))
However, NDP Leader Carole James said the news is evidence of a concerning pattern.

"What's most troubling is that this is the third solicitor general under the B.C. Liberals that has had to resign," she said.

"To have the third solicitor general step down, I really worry that you have a government that's focused on their own problems, their own chaos, and aren't paying attention to the people of British Columbia."

John Les resigned as solicitor general in March 2008 after it was announced that a special prosecutor was investigating his activities while he was mayor of Chilliwack in the 1990s. The special prosecutor has not yet filed a report.

John van Dongen stepped down from the post in April 2009 after it was revealed he had lost his driver's licence for having too many speeding tickets.

The Crown has appointed Terrence Robertson as a special prosecutor to look into the allegations concerning Heed's campaign spending.

Attorney General Mike de Jong takes as acting solicitor general.