As CKNW's Sean Leslie reports, Ghuman resigned in a letter to BC Liberal Party President Sharon White, saying: "......I take full responsibility for inviting Mr. Atwal to the budget....the young people I originally invited could not attend....I did not inform the premier's office that I was bringing different guests...it was an error in my judgement, and I take full responsibility for it."
But questions remain about this disturbing situation.
And Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan also reports that Atwal was charged with assaulting former BC premier and former Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh and acquitted of those charges in 1985.
The shocking news that a man - convicted of the 1986 attempted assassination of an Indian cabinet minister visiting British Columbia - was a guest in the BC Legislature for the Budget presentation using an invitation from the office of Premier Christy Clark was bad enough.
|Premier Christy Clark on Global TV News|
But more questions must now be raised - was Jaspal Atwal, the gunman in question - the guest of a Director of the BC Liberal Party - Provincial Executive member Tariq Ghuman?
Ghuman is described on the Party website as REGION 9 DIRECTOR (VANCOUVER SUBURBS SOUTH).
I am reliably told Atwal was the extra guest of Ghuman and accompanied him in Victoria.
Ghuman was also an active supporter of Christy Clark's successful leadership campaign - was Atwal working on that campaign?
And what about Atwal's involvement in a recent judgement ICBC won against him for $28,000 related to what the Vancouver Sun described as a "stolen car fraud ring"?
Clark claims she doesn't even know who invited Atwal:
"I haven't talked to the person who invited him," Clark said. "I'm not even sure with certainty who it was that invited him at this point."
Let's get some answers from Clark, her staff and Tariq Ghuman.
If he did invited and escort Atwal, Ghuman has some explaining to do.
And who else knew about Atwal's past when he arrived at the BC Legislature on budget day?
How many BC Liberal MLAs, government staff and other guests invited by the government knew exactly who he was?