A drink between friends?

The provincial New Democrats have criticized Enbridge Inc.'s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, fish farms and independent run-of-the-river power projects. But individuals representing all three interests showed up when the party threw a high-profile fundraiser at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. They included Enbridge government relations manager Sonya Savage, Grieg Seafood BC Inc. managing director Stewart Hawthorn, Mainstream Canada Inc. managing director Fernando Villarroel and Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia executive director Paul Kariya. Other notables in attendance included:

* government relations consultant Mark Jiles, who was Premier Gordon Campbell's constituency campaign manager during the 2005 election. In 2008, the New Democrats alleged Mr. Jiles had lobbied the government without registering - an accusation he denied. Mr. Jiles is presently listed on the lobbyists registry as representing ten clients;

* Shaw Communications Inc.'s government and regulatory affairs manager and former provincial Liberal legislator Jeff Bray;

* lobbyists from Earnscliffe Strategy Group Inc., Fleishman-Hillard Canada Inc. and Hill and Knowlton Canada Inc.;

* former premier Glen Clark; and

* former opposition leader Joy MacPhail.

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