Yesterday Premier Christy Clark announced that she would be replacing her chief of staff due to an “incident of concern.” The Vancouver Sun has learned that the “incident” involved a female staffer, and occurred in a bar in downtown Victoria. Clark says she fully investigated the matter, and only after hearing the entire story did she “make her decision quickly.”
Ken Boessenkool, a right-wing political operative from Calgary who Clark hired to help her win the next election, wrote in his resignation letter: “Earlier this month I was involved in an incident where I acted inappropriately. I was wrong, regretted my behaviour very much and immediately and unconditionally apologized… This (my resignation) will give me a chance to return to Calgary to be with my family—who I have also let down.”
Before he worked for Clark, Boessenkool was a senior adviser to Stephen Harper, as well as other right-wing politicians, including Preston Manning and Stockwell Day.