From a Public Eye reader comes this curiousity: according to 2003 and 2004 financial statements filed with Elections British Columbia, RBC Dominion Securities Inc. donated $29,990 to the provincial Liberals. Not interesting in and of itself. But attached to those donations is the name Larry Blain - once managing director of RBC but, as of December 2002, president and chief executive officer of Partnerships British Columbia. So, on Friday, we telephoned Mr. Blain to ask him why that might be. And this was his response: "I haven't worked there for two and a half years so I don't know." Mr. Blain then hung-up as Public Eye was asking him whether he had attended any fundraisers for the Liberals under RBC's name since joining Partnerships British Columbia.
Calling back to the provincial agency, Public Eye was transferred to corporate relations vice-president Suromitra Sanatani who explained that Mr. Blain hung up because "everyone has different phone manners." Ms. Sanatani later explained Liberal executive director Kelly von Reichert (Public Eye passim) told her "there's a clerical error in that (donation) list. Larry used to be the contact for RBC Dominion and he's obviously no longer that. So (the Liberals) just haven't updated their records."