Jiles, Ringdal scheduled to meet with minister

Earlier, we reported Mark Jiles was scheduled to attend a "New Car Dealers meeting" on September 7, 2006 with Solicitor General John Les and then motor vehicles superintendent Mark Medgyesi. But Mr. Jiles - the president of The Progressive Group - wasn't by himself. The name of another person scheduled to attend that meeting was edited out because government deemed it outside the scope of our freedom of information request. But last week - at our request - government gave us an unedited copy of that calendar entry. And it shows that person was Glen Ringdal - the then president and chief executive officer of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C.

At the time the meeting took place, Mr. Jiles wasn't registered as a lobbyist for the association. In fact, car dealers' business manager Tina Coleman says Progressive wasn't hired by the association "until sometime in late 2007."

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. 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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