Harry Bloy has resigned from cabinet as minister of state for multiculturalism, after leaking information about a news media inquiry. "I felt it important to accept responsibility for my actions in regard to sharing an e-mail with a third party," he said in a printed statement released to reporters in the Press Gallery.
"It is important that the focus be on the government's agenda to defend and create jobs and not on my actions."
Premier Christy Clark, speaking in Question Period, defended Mr. Bloy but condemned his action.
"He has done the right thing," she said. "What the member did was inappropriate, it was not criminal. ... It was information that was passed on inappropriately."
The Province newspaper e-mailed an inquiry about a private education facility to the Ministry of Advanced Education. Mr. Bloy said he shared it with the facility.
Mr. Bloy was the only BC Liberal MLA who supported Ms. Clark when she ran for the party leadership a year ago. He was named to cabinet but was recently demoted after a mediocre showing in the ministry responsible for services to adults with developmental disabilities.
Throughout Question Period, the New Democratic Party opposition called for the resignation of Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education. But Ms. Clark said the e-mail was leaked without Ms. Yamamoto's knowledge.