British Columbia

Prince George councillor found guilty of leaking report

A Prince George city councillor has been found guilty for leaking a confidential RCMP report about the conduct of a senior officer nearly three years ago.

A Prince George city councillor has been found guilty of the unauthorized release of personal information for leaking a confidential report about harrassment at the local RCMP detachment and the actions of some senior city managers.

Councillor Brian Skakun was fined $750 for violating the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, but said afterwards that he was disappointed by the verdict.

"There [are] times the public really needs to know. It could have stayed in closed meetings and never ever made public, and I think that would have been a shame," he said after the verdict was handed down on Tuesday.

Skakun said he will not resign from council and will consider appealing the ruling.

Skakun was charged after a report into harassment complaints was leaked to CBC News in 2008. The private consultant's report detailed complaints of harassment against Dahl Chambers, the superintendent of the city's RCMP detachment, and concluded his alleged romantic relationship with a senior city manager was a conflict of interest.

 In the report RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass ordered Chambers to write a letter of apology to several civilian workers at the detachment and to undergo "operational guidance" from senior officers.

CBC obtained the documents, reported on them, and posted them online, in August 2008. Skakun later testified he released the documents because he had a duty to protect city employees.