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Former B.C. cabinet minister Jinny Sims cleared of all criminal wrongdoing

NDP MP Jinny Jogindera Sims rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Thursday May 1, 2014 in Ottawa.
NDP MP Jinny Jogindera Sims rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Thursday May 1, 2014 in Ottawa. The Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld

Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims has been cleared following an investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

Special Prosecutor Richard Peck said RCMP found no evidence to support any of the allegations against her and that they had closed their investigation.

“As a result, he has concluded that there is no further action to take with respect to the matter and he has concluded his involvement,” according to a statement from the BC Prosecution Service.

Sims, who had as minister of citizens’ services, resigned from cabinet in October 2019 after the special prosecutor was hired.

READ MORE: B.C. citizens’ services minister Jinny Sims resigns from cabinet amid RCMP investigation

In a statement Sims says she is thankful to the RCMP and Special Prosecutor for their ‘fair and thorough investigation into these baseless accusations’.

“Unfortunately, Andrew Wilkinson’s decision to promote these fabricated claims resulted in the unnecessary diversion of police time and resources,” Sims said.

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“Every day, my focus remained on serving my constituents. I’m pleased that the RCMP has confirmed there is no evidence to support any of these claims.

 

MLA Jinny Sims resigns from cabinet after RCMP investigation announced
MLA Jinny Sims resigns from cabinet after RCMP investigation announced

Sims was accused by the BC Liberals in the legislature of writing support letters for travel visas.

The claims were supported by former employee, Kate Gillie, suggesting Sims spoke openly about being promised campaign donations for writing the letters.

Gillie, who was fired in February 2019 after working in Sims’ constituency office for six weeks, also alleged Sims told staff to bypass Freedom of Information laws by communicating through WhatsApp and personal email, rather than official email addresses.

There is no timeline on when or if Sims will return to cabinet.

Anne Kang was appointed as minister of citizens’ services on January 22, the first new member of Horgan’s cabinet since 2017.