The provincial New Democrats will be asking the lobbyists registrar to investigate if Patrick Kinsella and Mark Jiles should have registered as lobbyists for some of their clients. This, after Public Eye uncovered claims by The Progressive Group that the company has helped win major government contracts and benefits for powerful corporate and foreign interests over the past five years.
"This clearly is a disturbing case of friends and insiders. And it needs to be fully investigated," said House Leader Mike Farnworth, who added the New Democrats will by filing their request with the registrar.
The Campbell administration has repeatedly stonewalled questions about its relationship with Mr. Kinsella and Progressive. "Quite frankly, the government had something to hide. And clearly they do. And this just shows they have. We need now, more than ever, a full reform of the Lobbyists Registration Act." The government hasn't responded to a request for comment.
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.