On board!

Stephen Smith - British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.'s newest director - has been a past critic of the company. But he's also been a supporter - attacking the ferry service's New Democrat critic in a letter to the Daily News's editor. And now Public Eye has learned Mr. Smith was identified by the provincial government in November 2002 as one of its backers when the Campbell administration privatized the former Crown corporation. According to a draft of the cabinet submission communications plan for that privatization announcement, the Prince Rupert hotelier was among the names of third party supporters who could be "sought out for comment" by the media.

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