Wednesday, April 2, 2008

NDP suspicious of timing of minister's appointment in light of ICBC questions

VICTORIA — Opposition questions about a potential scandal at the Insurance Corporation of B.C. have been stymied by the appointment of an acting solicitor general.

John van Dongen was named to the post Tuesday to replace John Les, who resigned last week after word he was under investigation over land deals in Chilliwack.

Among the first questions van Dongen faced concerned an ICBC repair facility which came under investigation for selling write-off vehicles to the public without revealing their damage history.

During Question Period at the legislature, Opposition leader Carole James also said some ICBC managers got priority to "cherry pick" those cars over private buyers, and she tried to ask the acting solicitor general about the case.

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