Kinsella complaint being assessed

Earlier this month, the provincial New Democrats asked the Mounties to investigate top Liberal backroom boy Patrick Kinsella. This, after Mr. Kinsella refused to consent to a review of his interactions with the Campbell administration by the lobbyists registrar. So what's the status of that request? In an interview with Public Eye yesterday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Annie Linteau stated, "We've received a faxed copy of the complaint along with the supporting documents. And it's just being assessed right now by our commercial crime section who will then determine what the most appropriate course of action should be." Constable Linteau added she didn't have a timeline for how long that assessment would take, saying "It can certainly be involved. It can take some time."

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 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.

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."

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