Domestic and international trade

Former Campbell administration deputy minister and provincial Liberal president Andrew Wilkinson continues to expand his list of clients at McCarthy Tetrault LLP. According to the provincial government's lobbyist registry, last month Mr. Wilkinson - who is sits on the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement's dispute resolution panel - began representing the interests of RCI Capital Group Inc. in British Columbia. A 2001 description of the company states RCI "is a federally incorporated Canadian private company with wholly owned Canadian subsidiaries involved in international trade, real estate and financial services. RCI is headquartered Vancouver, British Columbia, and has additional offices in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. We have also maintained operations in the People's Republic of China (PRC) through permanent offices in Beijing and Shanghai since 1996."

"RCI has an interest in a number of Chinese enterprises in mining and real estate. In addition, RCI through its investment vehicle, Renaissance Capital Inc., has raised over $300 million from PRC investors for investment projects in Canada. To date $38 million has been invested in Canadian real estate, hotel, high-technology and manufacturing companies." Mr. Wilkinson has declared his intent to lobby both Attorney General Wally Oppal and Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen on behalf of RCI.

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