Plecas asked for more money for his office (read: for his own benefit? to hire Mullen back in 2017?) shortly after becoming speaker. James – who manages the leg budgets – turned him down for whatever reason. Plecas demanded an explanation or asked to see the books.
James – known for bristling at any outside attempts to review finances under his purview, as evidenced by his fight with the Auditor General back during the Clark government – tells Plecas to go pound sand. In the meantime, Lenz, who is on good terms with James, gets some sort of funding increase for legislature security, which further angers Plecas.
Plecas turns it into a personal vendetta and by this point it's January; he brings in his old buddy Mullen as a "special adviser" to conduct a clandestine probe into legislature financial practices. After a few months of poking around, they unearth something they believe is criminal and hand it over to the RCMP. Which brings us to today.
It's the only explanation that would even come close to making sense of how this scandal seems to have come out of nowhere; how we ended up with Mullen being the recommended replacement for Lenz; and, how both Lenz and James (if they're telling the truth) claim they have no idea why they are suspended.
That being said I doubt this jeopardizes the NDP government. If they fall because of numbers and we have an early election, I suspect Horgan will get a majority. The choice between him and Wilkinson is pretty stark and it hasn't fully matured under the media spotlight yet. And if anything I think the Liberals are lighting their hair on fire over this because they are still bitter over Plecas' defection to take the Speaker's job, and because maybe they believe they'll be implicated in whatever happened, given they were in charge for 16 years.
Edited by bluefox, 24 November 2018 - 07:03 PM.