Earlier this month, a national payday loan company executive told us top provincial Liberal backroom boy Patrick Kinsella did lobbying work for his firm. Mr. Kinsella has never registered as a lobbyist for that company - or any other. But The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. isn't the only organization with a stake in how British Columbia regulates the payday loan industry. Among them: the Canadian Payday Loan Association. And it's representatives - including association president Stan Keyes, Bishop & McKenzie LLP partner Norman Bishop, Fleishman-Hillard Canada Inc. senior vice president Mark Reder and Fleishman-Hillard Canada vice-president Stephanie Tan - have all registered to lobby the Campbell administration.
In the past, Mr. Kinsella 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 is "confident it has consistently and correctly followed the requirements of the Act," registering "each and every" time it communicates with public office holders on behalf of clients.
Under the Lobbyists Registration 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."