An interesting ‘Media Release’ came across the desk this afternoon… perhaps it would be more appropriately titled: ” As the Worm Turns”, because this continues to read like a bad soap opera. Why is it that when you hear the words allegations of conflict and improper lobbying, they are always followed by the same peoples names?
Nanaimo – John Les’ ministry approved a lucrative gaming licence for Patrick Kinsella’s business partner Glen Todd during John Les’ troubled tenure as Solicitor General, Nanaimo NDP candidate Leonard Krog revealed today.
“Mr. Kinsella met repeatedly with former Solicitor General John Les and then suddenly Glen Todd, Kinsella’s partner in a horse racing business, got a licence for an off track betting operation. Given Mr. Kinsella’s record of undisclosed lobbying this raises significant questions,” said Krog.
“Did Mr. Kinsella lobby for this licence during his many meetings with the minister? Was Kinsella’s relationship with Mr. Todd properly disclosed as required under the licensing rules? Is Mr. Kinsella a partner or investor in this operation? This is another deal Campbell should come clean on.”
Kinsella’s meetings with Les were the subject of an investigation initiated by Krog in his role as MLA. The Lobbyist Registrar abandoned the investigation after Kinsella refused to cooperate. The Lobbyist Act has no enforcement provisions.
Glen Todd is Patrick Kinsella’s partner in one of BC’s largest horse racing operations and their stable is a top earner in the BC racing season. Under agreement with the government and horse racing partners, purses are supplemented by off-track betting earnings.
“While pursuing the license Glen Todd donated almost $80,000 to Campbell’s party,” said Krog. “And we all know Mr. Kinsella’s longtime, influential role with the BC Liberals. That’s all the more reason for Campbell to come clean on this licence approval.”
The ministry branch responsible for gaming licenses refused to disclose licence application documents to NDP researchers, citing privacy considerations
PATRICK KINSELLA, JOHN LES and GAMING TIMELINE
October 7, 2005 – scheduled meeting between Patrick Kinsella, BC Lottery Corporation CEO Vic Poleschuck and BCLC chair Rick Turner.
November 1, 2005 – scheduled meeting between Kinsella, BCLC CEO Vic Poleschuk and chair Rick Turner.
February 9, 2006 – scheduled meeting between Kinsella and Solicitor General John Les.
February 27, 2006 – scheduled meeting between Kinsella and BCLC CEO Vic Poleschuk.
August 31, 2006 – meeting between Kinsella then BCLC CEO Vic Poleschuk and then BCLC chair John McLernon.
November 29, 2006 – scheduled meeting between Kinsella and BCLC CEO Vic Poleschuk.
April 24, 2007 – scheduled meeting between Kinsella and BCLC and CEO Vic Poleschuk.
May 2, 2007 – scheduled meeting between Kinsella and then Solicitor General John Les.
Spring 2007 – Derby license proceeds.
Late 2007 – Derby License approved.
Source: Ministerial calendars, BCLC FOI
Glen Todd Donations to BC Liberals 2005-2008: $79,952 (source: Elections BC)