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Removal of BC MLA Adam Walker from NDP caucus unrelated to police, harassment: Eby

BY The Canadian Press, Sep 18, 2023 7:01 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Walker was elected to the provincial legislature in 2020 to represent the riding of Parksville-Qualicum on Vancouver Island. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

British Columbia Premier David Eby says a complaint by an employee in late July led to the removal of MLA Adam Walker from the New Democrat caucus, but the issue doesn't involve police or sexual harassment.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since Walker was kicked out over the weekend, Eby says he decided the member could no longer be part of the group after a formal investigation by NDP caucus.

Eby says he wishes he could share more but rules related to human resources and privacy prevent him going into specifics about the accusations, which are not a criminal matter.

The premier says he doesn't believe what the investigation found could be remedied by a training process for Walker, who will now sit as an independent.

The premier says the situation was "challenging" and informing Walker he was being removed was "not a happy day."

Walker was elected to the provincial legislature in 2020 to represent the riding of Parksville-Qualicum on Vancouver Island.

He was previously a town councillor in Qualicum Beach.

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