Mounties won't be investigating Kinsella

Allegations the provincial Liberals' powerful former campaign co-chair violated the Lobbyists Registration Act will go un-investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Public Eye has exclusively learned. New Democrat attorney general critic Leonard Krog asked the Mounties on October 3 to investigate if Patrick Kinsella and his business partner Mark Jiles have been lobbying the government without registering - allegations both men deny. And, in an interview, police spokesperson Annie Linteau confirmed the force won't be looking into those alleged offences - which took place in or before 2007.

The reason: violations of the Lobbyists Registration Act are enforced under the Offence Act. And, under that statute, proceedings could only be brought against Messers. Kinsella and Jiles within six months of their alleged offences taking place.

Mr. Krog requested the Mounties investigate after Mr. Kinsella declined to consent to a review of his interactions with the government by lobbyists registrar David Loukidelis.

At the time, Mr. Loukidelis - who stated he didn't have the power to "gather information from unwilling parties" and therefore couldn't look into the allegations against Mr. Kinsella - agreed a police investigation was "the only meaningful recourse that is available given the circumstances."

But that recourse has now been exhausted.

"I think it's offensive to the public that no one is going to find out the truth of what happened or didn't happen," said Krog. "This confirms that the Lobbyists Registration Act is essentially useless."

Government didn't respond to a request for comment.

Over the past seven months, Public Eye has obtained records and conducted interviews showing Mr. Kinsella's strategic communications firm has helped win major government contracts and benefits for foreign and business interests.

The investigation also showed Mr. Kinsella had repeated meetings and scheduled meetings with the province's then solicitor general John Les and British Columbia Lottery Corp. leaders.

A spokesman for ING Canada Inc. has confirmed Mr. Kinsella worked as a consultant for the insurance giant, attending a meeting between Mr. Les and an ING executive.

And a national payday loan company vice-president has said Mr. Kinsella did lobbying work for The Cash Store Financial Services Inc., helping setup a meeting between the firm and Les.

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."

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