The ministry of finance claims to have no records listing who is working at the government's harmonized sales tax information office. That office - which was setup to sell the tax - is being headed by Tom Syer, who worked as premier Gordon Campbell deputy chief of staff. But the government's online directory includes no mention of Mr. Syer or any of his subordinates. As a result, Public Eye filed a freedom of information request for that information. In response, the ministry provided us with a single sheet of paper listing six positions in that office but no names associated with them. Those positions include an unidentified "special advisor." The following is a complete copy of that record.
July 15, 2011