Last week, Public Eye reported "in a frank and admirably honest interview" provincial New Democrat Vancouver-Kensington nomination candidate Kelly Quinn disclosed she was convicted of assaulting a police officer 23 years ago. Rumours about Ms. Quinn's criminal record have been circulating as part of what appears to be a whisper campaign against the labour organizer, who is running in a tightly-contested race. But Public Eye has since learned, via an anonymous posting on this site and party insiders, that Ms. Quinn failed to mention she was convincted of another offense.
Speaking to us today, Ms. Quinn confirmed, when she was 19, she served 30 days in jail after being found guilty on a theft charge. Ms. Quinn said she was charged after being caught shoplifting a leather jacket worth over $500.
"It's clearly obvious that I had several rough years in my mid-teens and early twenties, as the criminal record demonstrates. And this incident was part of it. And, of course, I regret it. It was stupid. And it was 24 years ago," said Ms. Quinn, 43.
When asked why she didn't disclose the convinction during her first interview with Public Eye, an emotional Ms. Quinn said, "I'm really uncomfortable with all of this. Because, for one, I've applied for a pardon. And once that's through, the record is sealed. So I'm really feeling like this is unfair on a lot of levels."
"But I was scared. I figured we could put it to rest - the fact that I had a criminal record - by divulging what you asked. And I thought that would get rid of it. But clearly I made a mistake on that one as well."
"I've worked hard for 20 something years now. And all of that is being put aside for a couple things I did as a teenager in my early twenties. And I guess that's what really bothers me. Because I've done a lot for my community and a lot more for people than what happened in those young years. So I'm really hurt by this."
Ms. Quinn added there was nothing else to disclose. The Vancouver-Kensington constituency association holds its nomination meeting tomorrow.