Nine out of ten mountain sheep prefer Lafrentz

Earlier, we reported provincial Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon's financial agent collected $3,000 in donations from Canadian Road Builders Inc. executives Gilbert Brulotte and Glenn Thamer. But what business do two Edmonton blacktop barons have in British Columbia anyway, one might wonder? Quite a bit it turns out. According to public accounts, the government transferred a whopping $6,092,934 to Lafrentz Road Marking Ltd., a division of Canadian Road Builders, in fiscal 2004/05. In previous fiscal years, those transfers had ranged between $195,094 and $415,534. The following is a complete copy of those transfers.

Payments to Lafrentz Road Marking Ltd./Lafrentz Road Services Ltd.

Fiscal 2004/05 - $6,092,934
Fiscal 2003/04 - $219,340
Fiscal 2002/03 - $195.094
Fiscal 2001/02 - $358,428
Fiscal 2000/01 - $220,412
Fiscal 1999/00 - $415,534
Fiscal 1998/99 - $217,771
Fiscal 1997/98 - $231,206

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Just trying to remember the name of the road marking company with which Karlheinz Schreiber launched his glory days in Canada ... what is it about road marking and the Conservatives, anyway?

Sean:

Is this the company that did not clear the Coquihalla the past couple of days? Whether or not - that company was not clearing the highway last Saturday BEFORE the big snowstorm hit. A friend was travelingup there towing a 5th Wheel. Everything had proper winter gear. He called the RCMP before he left West Vancouver. He made it up to just beyond the toll-booth ...and then nothing, he was slip-sliding all over the road. One "snow-clearing machine" was parked at the side of the highway broken down, and the driver of another one was standing there chatting to the driver of the first, ignoring ell the vehicles that were bogging down on the glassy highway. This was in the middle of the day!

With good reason, we thought the NDP were bad, but this government needs to be chucked out of office. They have gone beserk with our money and are encouraging GVRD and TransLink to do the same. And what's John Furlong up to?

I just figured out how this government gets their petty cash. Contract something out and then fine them when they don't do the job correctly. Just look at the folks doing our medical bills, cleaning hospitals and not plowing the road.
when we lived in quebec many years ago, road clearing contracts were split up among friends of friends. some guys made a bundle, part of the roads were cleared and some not. same sort of stuff here.

Let's see: I give you a multi-million dollar contract. You give me back thousands for my re-election campaign.

How is this not part of a massive kickback scheme that we condone every day all over the country? It's less so at the federal level --where so much attention has focussed on Adscam -- but even more so at the municipal level, where elected officials don't even have to show that they spent their "political donations" on getting re-elected (vs. on personal enrichment)

You people are all idiots, collecting political donations is not illegal nor is donating to the party of your preference. If a HEU executive member donates money to the NDP because he supports their policy of not privatising any hospital services how is that any different from this. The Campbell government has been very clear that one of their objectives is to build more roads in our transportation system, road builders likely support that and the NDP have been wishy-washy on it thus the road builders support the Liberals, it is not a conflict or a kickback. It is politics.

And Sean, this is another of example of your increasingly humbler organ trying to make a story out of nothing, the stuff on this website lately has been so uninteresting (or just garbage hear-say) that all it does is highlight the overexposed hack that you are.

I agree with Polkaroo....it's legal, and they're probably providing a service to the province that's cheaper than provincial union groups could. It's the exact thing as when the HEU gives money to the NDP - or votes on the NDP board - and then is rewarded with more HEU positions when NDP governments are in power. The answer, of course, is to put an end to corporate and union donations, but for now, they're acting just like all the other major political parties, and are in their right to do so.

Methinks the last two writers protest too much.

Actually the provincial NDP are asking to stop political donations from businesses and unions.

So if that is to happen, it will only happen if the new Era Gang vote for it as well.

You people are all idiots, ... The Campbell government has been very clear that one of their objectives is to build more roads in our transportation system, road builders likely support that and ... thus the road builders support the Liberals, it is not a conflict or a kickback. It is politics.

Posted by Polkaroo on February 2, 2006 09:53 AM

I agree with Polkaroo....it's legal, and they're probably providing a service to the province that's cheaper than provincial union groups could.

Posted by Max_Power on February 2, 2006 11:04 AM

For the most part, these posters are simply avoiding the issue, and doing so quite intentionally. These are not road construction contracts that are at issue, but road maintenance contracts.

Max_Power knows full well that when services once provided by government are privatized the costs do not go down, they go up. The wages of the rank and file employees shrink, no doubt about that. But the salaries and benefits of the owner operators, managers, supervisors, etc. go up by substantial amounts. Plus there's always the need for some shareholder value.

The comparison to the national Liberal Sponsorship scandal is obvious, and troubling. It's too bad that Carole James didn't make that comparison in last Spring's provincial election, and make an explicit pitch for Tory votes, ... it might have meant the additional seven seats that would have spelled NDP Majority!

Polkaroo has one thing right when he says "It is politics." It's Liberal politics where there's an incestuous relationship between supposedly private contractor and supposedly public official, to the mutual benefit of contractor and official, and to the clear detriment of the general public who has to pay so these cats can play in the style to which they have become accustomed.

budd, lets talk about when the ndp was in power,,,, the HEU, for there utmost support of the ndp recieved favourable contracts that priced themselves right out of the market,, [ shitty leadership],,,,

running a gov,t is no differnt then running a business, everyones looking for a deal,,, the liberals are just better at it than the ndp....

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