Earlier, we reported Premier Gordon Campbell's former constituency campaign manager Mark Jiles attempted to arrange a meeting "on behalf of Glen Ringdal, Moray Keith and Henning Brasso of the New Car Dealers Association" with then Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman. This, according to an email sent by Mr. Jiles to Minister Coleman's senior aide on November 17, 2006. And now, The Tyee's Andrew MacLeod has obtained a similar November 26, 2007 email from The Progressive Group president that resulted in a scheduled meeting between New Car Dealers Association of B.C. representatives and finance assistant deputy minister Andy Robinson. At the time, Mr. Jiles wasn't registered as a lobbyist for the association - something that didn't happen until January 1, 2008.
In a written statement issued five months ago, Progressive stressed it was "confident it has consistently and correctly followed the requirements" of the Lobbyists Registration Act. And, in an interview, association business manager Tina Coleman said the strategic communications firm wasn't hired by the association "until sometime in late 2007." Under the act, consultant lobbyists are required to sign-up if they, for pay, arrange a meeting with a public office holder and another "person."