Rockin' the River Rock?

Here's a question for the communications professionals in our audience: according to meeting minutes obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, the integrated illegal gaming enforcement team's consultative board usually met at the ministry of attorney general's police services division offices in Vancouver. But, on December 1, 2006, the board's British Columbia Lottery Corp. representatives offered to hold their next meeting at...Great Canadian Gaming Corp.'s River Rock Casino Resort. So what might be wrong with that? Well, perhaps the board knew the answer to that question. Because Public Eye has no record of them taking up that offer. Earlier, we exclusively reported the team was quietly shutdown on April 1, 2009.

Speaking with The Globe and Mail's Justine Hunter in July, Washington Marine Group executive vice-president Kevin Irvine said, "I view it to be slightly unfair given that they don't face the same cost structure" - adding the competition has already cost the company one of its top customers.

"Too bad," was the response from BC Ferries president and chief executive officer David Hahn, adding that subsidy is only used to keep the company's minor routes afloat.

Now, four months later, Mr. Dobell has signed-up as Seaspan Coastal Intermodal's lobbyist.

According to his filing with lobbyists registrar, the subject matter of his activities will be "government relationships."

Mr. Dobell, who became government relations firm Hill and Knowlton Canada Ltd.'s British Columbia chair last year, didn't return a phone call requesting details.

And, when asked for comment, the company's managing director Richard Plecas said, "My comment is no comment. It's confidential and privileged."

In addition to the premier and his cabinet, Mr. Dobell has also registered to lobby New Democrat legislator Guy Genter and independent legislator Vicki Huntington.

Washington Marine Group has been in the drop trailer service business since the 1960s.

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