Earlier, we reported Mark Jiles and then New Car Dealers Association of B.C. president and chief executive officer Glen Ringdal were scheduled to meet with John Les on September 7, 2006. But, according to records obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, that wasn't the only time Mr. Jiles, the president of The Progressive Group, and Mr. Ringdal were scheduled to meet with the then solicitor general. On May 1, 2007, the two of them were also scheduled to have a three hour dinner with Mr. Les at The Union Club of British Columbia. Mr. Jiles didn't register as a lobbyist for the car dealers until January 1, 2007. In fact, the association's business manager Tina Coleman says Progressive wasn't hired by the car dealers "until sometime in late 2007."
In a written statement issued five months ago, the company 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 an office holder in an attempt to influence government - although there are some exceptions to that rule