Written by Grant G
Common denominators, Patrick Kinsella was Gordon Campbell`s 2001 election campaign manager, Patrick Kinsella was Gordon Campbell`s 2005 election campaign manager...
Questions questions and more questions, all still remain unanswered, when the BC Rail stink started to permeate through the floorboards of our Victoria legislature, after the police raided the people`s house and carried out box after box of papers and computers and shortly thereafter Dave Basi and Bobby Virk were charged with crimes of bribe taking and abuse of the public trust, at about this time in history Wally Oppal earned his nickname, Stonewally...
As an avid watcher of our BC Legislature it was frustrating to hear Wally Oppal, Gordon Campbell answer every question from the NDP that was related to BC rail or even vaguely related to BC Rail with...
"No comment, it`s before the courts"......Let visit the BC Rail trial..courtesy of Ian Reid
“Patrick doesn’t fit in any of the categories,” writes Mahoney to Eaton about 90 minutes later. “However, I believe he has been advising some of the railways (CN/BNSF) on how to approach the issue of the potential sale of BC Rail. Patrick has also provided us a bit of guidance from time to time however, we understand if he is not on the list as it may create a more obvious political link than you might want.”
There you have it. The Vice President of BC Rail tells the Deputy Minister to the Premier a few months before the Request for Proposal is tendered that BC Rail’s $300,000 advisor is working, he believes, for both BC Rail and CN, which at the time was already seen as most likely the winning bidder.
How wrong is that? Let’s let Gordon Campbell’s chief of staff Martyn Brown begin to answer.
In 2010, towards the end of the Basi Virk trial, Defense Attorney Michael Bolton asked Brown about such a situation. ”I talked about the problematic issue of Mr. Kinsella working for BC Rail,” Bolton led off. “I suggest to you that there’s an obvious optics problem working with BC Rail and CN Rail at the same time.”
Brown replied straight away, “I believe that’s true.”
An optics problem. That’s just the start of the problem,
"No comment, it`s before the court"
Not only did every BC Liberal attorney general and MLA repeat that refrain but so did Gordon Muir Campbell, on cknw radio interviews, in the legislature, in question period and even in estimate debates, for 7 long years Gordon Campbell stated "no comment, it`s before the courts, all will be revealed after the trial"....7 plus long years of deflection, questions about the Roberts bank spur line, questions about his campaign manager Patrick Kinsella working for both CN Rail and BC Rail at the same time,..
These are questions we need answered now, how is it Gordon Campbell`s friend, his campaign manager, who was working for CN Rail, working for BC Rail, who ran Gordon Campbell`s election campaign, and let us not forget that David Mclean, CEO of the winning bidder CN Rail was also involved, David Mclean was Gordon Campbell`s chief fundraiser in Gordo`s 1996 campaign which he ran on a platform of selling BC Rail, which he lost..Fast-forward to Gordon Mujir Campbell`s 2001 election campaign, David Mclean was still Gordon Campbell`s chief fundraiser, only this time Campbell`s platform stated he "Would not sell BC Rail"....
The rest is history, BC Rail is gone, the corruption trial lasted for 8 years, it cost the taxpayers $40 million dollars for legal fees, legal fees for the defence, legal fees for the prosecution, we heard two witnesses of 40 who were scheduled to appear...
For 8 long years Gordon Campbell, Wally Oppal, Mike De Jong, and every other BC Liberal said to reporters, to the public on every question related to the Roberts bank spur line, Dave Basi, Bobby Virk, Patrick Kinsella, every question even vaguely related to BC Rail was answered with...
"No comment, it before the courts, all will be revealed after the trial"....
The trial ended, the public got screwed, the public got no answers....
Now we have Christy Clark who jumped for the BC Liberal leadership, a prodded jump, a jump prodded by the same Patrick Kinsella, Patrick not only nudged Christy to run for premier he bankrolled her leadership campaign...
Kinsella's company is Progressive Strategies Ltd., which does business as The Progressive Group. Clients have included Accenture Business Services, Alcan and Canfor Forest Products.
His companies were also paid $297,000 by the British Columbia Railway Co. between 2002 and 2005, the time during which the government sold the Crown corporation to CN Rail.
In 2011 Progressive Strategies donated $20,000 to Premier Clark's successful bid to lead the BC Liberal Party and news reports identified him as working on her campaign.
What we have is Gordon Campbell`s election guru who was working for BC Rail and CN rail at the same time now running the show for Christy Clark, the man in the middle of BC`s biggest corruption scandal taking a lead in guiding Christy Clark, the same way he guided Gordon Campbell...
But there`s more, oh so much more, David Mclean who was Gordon Campbell`s chief fundraiser in 1996 and in 2001, David Mclean who ended up owning the same BC rail Gordon Campbell campaigned on not selling in 2001 also donated to Christy Clark`s campaign and gave her(Christy Clark) free flights worth a pretty penny, and, not to mention that David Mclean has donated $hundreds of thousands of dollars to the BC Liberal party..
Blackcomb owned by big Lib donor David McLean
Blackcomb Aviation is owned by David McLean, the chairman of CN Rail who donated $209,707.50 to the Liberals since 2005. McLean's sons Jason and Sacha run the company, which donated $23,035 of flights to Clark's leadership campaign. Jason McLean, an aide to prime minister Jean Chretien from 2000 to 2002, is the McLean Group president and immediate past chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade. He gave the BC Liberals $1,600 in 2006.
Here we go again, LDB, Patrick Kinsella is/was the chief lobbyist and here`s what happened..
Lobbyist and Christy Clark backer Patrick Kinsella has been pushing for changes to the liquor distribution system used by the provincial government, which yesterday announced it will privatize that system.
Kinsella registered as a lobbyist on behalf of Exel Logistics "To develop a new liquor distribution system for the Province of BC." The registration, pointed out by a commenter on The Tyee, describes the undertaking as to do with "privatization and outsourcing" and covers from April 1, 2010 to April 9, 2013. It lists lobbyists Mark Jiles and Rob Madore as also working on the file.
Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman and Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell were added as targets of the lobbying on Jan. 6, 2012. Previous targets included Coleman in 2010 and Justice Minister Shirley Bond in 2011
In a nutshell, we have Patrick Kinsella and David Mclean who controlled Gordon Campbell, who pulled Gordo`s strings like a puppet master, Patrick Kinsella gained large financially and David Mclean ended up with BC Rail that was making year after year over $130 million in profit and now Patrick Kinsella and David Mclean have bankrolled Christy Clark and BC`s highly profitable LDB is being sold to Kinsella`s pals at Excel logistics, no business case has been brought forward, Christy Clark who is polling at 20%, who is unelected, who has no mandate is having her strings pulled by the people who pulled Gordon Campbell`s string...
This sale must not be permitted to go forward until the complete BC Rail inquiry is completed, after the next election in 10 months, and then if, and only if a sound business case is brought forward...
And for complete thorough details on everything BC LDB here`s the link to Bob the Hammer Mackin`s web site..
And on a final note....Thanks to those who contributed......
to BC Rail...
That being BC Mary...Mary Mackie.....
That being Robin Mathews, these people attended the trial for years, and wrote thousands of articles.
I myself don`t need praise, my reward comes with the removal of these corrupt BC Liberals from power..
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Cheers Eyes Wide Open