Yesterday, we reported the provincial New Democrats would be asking the Mounties to investigate top Liberal backroom boy Patrick Kinsella. At issue: Mr. Kinsella's refusal to consent to a review of his interactions with the Campbell administration by the lobbyists registrar. And the New Democrats have now done as they promised. In a letter sent to assistant deputy attorney general Robert Gillen, opposition attorney general critic Leonard Krog asks him to "exercise the authority reserved to you as head of the Criminal Justice Branch to refer" Mr. Kinsella's interactions to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for investigation.
Mr. Kinsella has never registered as a lobbyist. In the past, he has repeatedly denied ever lobbying the government he was instrumental in electing. And, according to a written statement issued by his company, The Progressive Group registers "each and every time" it communicates with a public office holder on behalf of its clients.
But a national payday loan company executive has told Public Eye his firm hired Mr. Kinsella to do lobbying work. Earlier records exclusively obtained by Public Eye also show Mr. Kinsella's strategic communications company has helped win major contracts and benefits for foreign and business interests. And those same records show Mr. Kinsella was scheduled to repeatedly meet with one government minister.
Under the act, consultant lobbyists are required to sign-up if they, for pay, communicate with a public office holder in an attempt to influence government - although there are some exceptions to that rule. But consultants must always register if they, for pay, arrange a meeting with an office holder and another "person."