You can add the Australian government to the list of powerful foreign and corporate interests assisted by provincial Liberal leader Gordon Campbell's former constituency campaign manager. But Mark Jiles didn't receive any compensation for giving the land down under a helping hand. According to records obtained exclusively by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, on September 25, 2007, Jiles sent an email to then economic development minister Colin Hansen's office requesting a meeting for Peter O'Byrne - the chief executive officer for the Australian Trade Commission or Austrade.
"The purpose of this meeting is to develop a relationship with Minister Hansen and discuss trade and economic development opportunities with the Minister," he stated.
That meeting took place in October. Under a law passed by the Campbell administration, consultant lobbyists must sign-up with the lobbyists registry if they, for pay, arrange a meeting with an office holder and another "person."
But Austrade has reviewed its records and found Mr. Jiles received no pay for arranging the meeting with Minister Hansen, having "at no time ever worked for, or contracted with, the Commission."
So how did the commission come into contact with him? Well, according to Austrade's senior media advisor Purnima Ganapathy, in 2006 the commission's then Seattle-based district manager attended a seminar on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics presented by the Washington State government.
Mr. Jiles, who began working for Washington State in May 2006, was one of the speakers at that seminar. And following that meeting, Austrade's Vancouver-based post manager Kevin Lamb met with Mr. Jiles "several times to discuss business opportunities" surrounding the Olympics.
So when Mr. O'Byrne wanted to meet with the provincial government, Mr. Lamb "contacted Mr. Jiles as well as contracts within the Ministry to help arrange" the get-together.