British Columbia Railway Co. financial statements show the company paid $297,000 to former provincial Liberal co-chair Patrick Kinsella's companies Progressive Holdings Ltd. and The Progressive Group between 2002 and 2005 for services rendered. In the legislature, the opposition demanded to know what services those companies were being paid for. Attorney General Wally Oppal refused to answer because he seemed to believe those statements were part of legislature raid trial documents. But they were obtained from the legislative library.
According to records obtained and interviews conducted by Public Eye, Mr. Kinsella or his strategic communications firm The Progressive Group have helped numerous powerful corporate and foreign interests including Accenture Business Services, Alcan Inc., The Cash Store Financial Services Inc., ING Canada Inc., Plutonic Power Corporation Inc., the State of Washington and British Columbia community gaming centres and bingo halls.