Former provincial Liberal campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella has been working for Great Canadian Gaming Corp. since 2005, according to an information recently filed with the government's lobbyists registrar. Two years ago, corporation spokesperson Howard Blank told us he couldn't "comment on whether people work with us or don't work with us" - when asked about the company's relationship with Mr. Kinsella. "That's a privacy issue obviously." But, when he registered as a lobbyist earlier this month, Mr. Kinsella included the gaming firm among his list of clients.
According to that filing, the Liberal insider has been working for the firm since August 1, 2005 as part of an effort to "establish consistent gaming regulations and corporate practices" in British Columbia.
His activities include arranging meetings with the minister responsible for the province's lottery corporation, Rich Coleman.
Mr. Kinsella didn't respond to a request for comment on his work for Great Canadian Gaming. But the company did.
Spokesperson Howard Blank said he couldn't confirm that Mr. Kinsella had been working for the firm for the past five years.
"We don't do a lot of work with Mr. Kinsella," he added. "But I would say the date he wrote would probably be correct."
"He's not used extensively. He's like many of the different consultants we have in different jurisdictions who help us when required. But nothing on the hot burner or anything like."
Mr. Kinsella had previously not registered as a lobbyist for any client, describing himself to us in 2004 as a "communications consultant."
But, last year, the government broadened the definition of what constitutes lobbying in an amendment to the Lobbyists Registration Act.
Those changes took effect on April 1, 2010.
At that point, Mr. Kinsella registered as a lobbyist.