British Columbia

More allegations against Kash Heed

An RCMP search warrant application alleges Liberal MLA and former solicitor general Kash Heed broke the law.
An RCMP search warrant application alleges Liberal MLA and former solicitor general Kash Heed broke the law.

The document alleges Heed committed the crime of breach of trust.

The warrant, prepared by Sgt. John Taylor, reveals the RCMP took the extraordinary step of executing a search warrant at the headquarters of the West Vancouver Police, where Heed was once police chief.

The RCMP are most concerned with $6,000 that investigators believe Heed paid to two campaign workers after he was elected in 2009.

Police allege it was taxpayer money earmarked for office furniture, but Heed's office had already been furnished by Wally Oppal, the former attorney general. 

The RCMP also uncovered email exchanges with Barinder Sall, who worked on Heed's campaign.

In one exchange, Heed used a horseracing analogy to say Oppal needed to be put out to pasture, while referring to himself as a stallion.

Left cabinet in 2010

Heed - the MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview - left the cabinet in April 2010 following allegations his campaign violated election regulations with illegal advertising during the run-up to the May 2009 election.

Since the controversy became public, Heed has maintained he knew nothing about alleged offences by his campaign workers.

According a search warrant executed during the investigation to the documents and made public in 2010, Heed told police that: 

  • He wasn't sure how Barinder Sall became his campaign manager and didn't know his title.
  • He had no idea how election campaigns were run and didn't know who was responsible for what.
  • He didn't know who was in charge of printing his campaign pamphlets.
  • He hadn't read the B.C. Election Act.

But Heed did tell police he turned over campaign donations to Barinder Sall, who faces a number of charges including obstruction of justice and violating the Elections Act.

Heed's campaign financial agent, Satpal Johl, is also charged, as is Dinesh Khanna, who runs a Metro Vancouver bulk-mailing business.

Heed is a former Vancouver police officer.

He hasn't commented on the RCMP warrant.

Premier Gordon Campbell said he won't comment on the latest allegations against Heed. He said he's going to let the special prosecutor complete his investigation.