British Columbia

Kash Heed cleared in election investigation

Former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed has been cleared of charges related to his 2009 election campaign, but two of his campaign workers have not, a special prosecutor announced on Friday morning.

Former B.C. solicitor general Kash has been cleared of wrongdoing by a special prosecutor investigating illegal advertising put forward by his campaign during the last provincial election, but two of his campaign workers have not.

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson  is recommending further charges against Heed's campaign manager, Barinder Sall, who is now facing 10 counts under both the Criminal Code and the Elections Act. Sall was originally charged with six counts related to the allegations.

Dinesh Khanna, the owner of the company that made and distributed the illegal advertising, is also facing four charges.

Heed stepped down from his post in cabinet last April when it was revealed the RCMP was investigating unregistered campaign brochures distributed in his Vancouver-Fairview riding during the 2009 election campaign.

"The investigation was conducted by the RCMP and centred on the production and distribution of three election pamphlets, on the election financing report, and on certain payments made by Mr. Heed to former campaign staffers following the 2009 General Election," said a notice issued by the Criminal Justice Branch on Friday.

"Based upon the evidence reviewed by the Special Prosecutor, there is insufficient proof that Mr. Heed was involved in the production of pamphlets, that he knew of or was involved in filing a false election financing report, or that Mr. Heed knowingly made payments to campaign staff for election-related purposes following the 2009 General Election," it said.