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Yesterday's events were 'absolutely bizarre': Kash Heed

Kash Heed said he decided to step down again from his position as solicitor general after discussing yesterday's events with his wife last night.

“What occurred late yesterday afternoon is absolutely bizarre,” said Heed. “I never ever would have predicted that.”

On Monday special prosecutor Terrence Robertson released a report exonerating Heed in an investigation into his campaign's actions during the May, 2009, election campaign. Criminal and Election Act charges were laid against three men, including Heed's campaign manager Barinder Sall and financial agent Satpal Johl.

On Tuesday premier Gordon Campbell, who is in Europe, reappointed Heed to cabinet, citing Robertson's report.

A short time later Robertson withdrew from the case, saying his law firm, Harper Grey, had donated $1,000 to Heed's campaign and that he had realized in hindsight it was a conflict for him to work on the file.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday night Lieutenant Governor Steven Point swore Heed back into cabinet.

This morning Heed stepped down again, calling the Premier sometime around 8:15 a.m. to tell him his decision.

“I've maintained my integrity throughout my entire career, through my entire life, the value's my mother instilled in me, and I'm going to maintain that integrity, and that is to step aside, get this matter dealt with, get those recommendations, findings confirmed,” Heed told reporters this morning.

He said he spoke with his wife yesterday evening, made the decision last night and reached the premier this morning to tell him.

“You've been fair to me all along,” Heed told reporters. “You've continued to be fair, so I thought it was important I come in front of you, since I've been in front of you guys so often the last little while, that I tell you how I feel. I must admit I'm disappointed but I'm confident I've done nothing wrong.”

He added, “I'm sure I'll be back in front of you guys shortly.”

UPDATE: Premier Gordon Campbell announced attorney general and government house leader Michael de Jong will be appointed solicitor general while retaining his current positions.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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