It seems politicians aren't the only ones at-risk of being captured by special interest groups. Public Eye has learned Earnscliffe Strategy Group Inc. senior consultant Byng Giraud - who has been with the government relations firm's Victoria office since June 2005 - has been kidnapped by one his clients. The Mining Association of British Columbia has hired Mr. Giraud as its new senior policy and communications director, responsible for clearing "the pathways essential to the industry's future growth and development."
In an interview with Public Eye, Mr Giraud said, "I really enjoyed my time at Earnscliffe but the opportunity to sink my teeth into some serious mining policy work was much more in line with my career objectives and was just too good to pass up." Earnscliffe principal Bruce Young said, "We are happy to see Byng move into a role that supports the critical efforts of a valued client. Byng has a solid reputation as a seasoned policy advisor, he's passionate about natural resource issues and the MABC will be well served by his sage counsel. We look forward to working with Byng in his new role."