A couple of years ago, I was contacted by someone who worked on the Sea to Sky highway project closely, who had a story to tell… and what a story it was, or should I say,still is.
While I can’t report on the entire story yet because of legal reasons, I can tell you that there were a couple of names that came in that story that are making waves again recently because of Sean Holmans story in the Globe and Mail about key Liberal insiders getting untendered contracts.
Both Kirk and Co., and James Hoggan and Associates, worked on the Sea to Sky project with lucrative contracts worth $$$. As with other companies, the same names come up time and time again in different places, and that alone should give good reason to question how this “new” leader is any different from the old one : Sean Holman touches on that today.
For now, take a look at some well-connected dots concerning some of these Liberal insiders, passed onto me this morning by a keen source.
Judy Kirk: B.C. Liberal supporter awarded millions in Government Contracts
B.C. Government Contracts include:
Gateway Projects: $1.8 million – awarded in 2006 for public consultation process
(Hansard: Monday, May 8, 2006, Page 70 – 4552)
B.C. Hydro –Peace RiverSite C Hydro Project: Project Definition Consultation
Sea toSky HighwayImprovement Project
HST promotion: $25,000
Appears to include B.C. Rail: “We have heard how B.C. paid Liberal insiders Randy Wood, Patrick Kinsella, Nancy Spooner and Judy Kirk hundreds of thousands of dollars”
(Quote from From Citizen Journalist: the BC Rail Political Corruption Trial doors were closed and locked today. Wednesday, September 22, 2010)
Other Contracts include:
Federal Government Departments
August 1, 2011
Recent news articles report that the B.C. Liberal Government secretly handed out untendered contracts to Liberal-connected companies to promote the controversial HST. Anti-HST leader Bill Vander Zalm is calling for a public inquiry.
One of the companies noted is:
“Kirk and Co. Consulting Ltd. – the communications firm headed by Judy Kirk, who served as the Liberal caucus’s executive director between 1994 and 1996 – was also given a contract worth up to $25,000 to provide the panel with media and public relations advice.” (Public Eye: July 26, 2011:Firms with Liberal links awarded secret contracts)
Judy Kirk has strong ties to the Liberal Government:
1994-1996: Executive Director of B.C. Liberal Caucus
Served as Chief of Staff toGordon Campbellwhen he was in Opposition
2005 – 2010 Donated $12,666 to the Liberal Party
Conflict of Interest?
The Boundary Bay Conservation Committee raised questions of conflict of interest to the process in a submission to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office regarding the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project, dated December 17, 2006:
excerpts from page 5:
- Public “consultation” on the SFPR has been a farce. The public at large has never been asked for input into the project rationale, scope or Terms of Reference. How can the proponent’s “consultation” be conducted impartially by a well known Liberal Party media spokesperson, Judy Kirk? This is a double conflict of interest for the government?
- How can such a highly controlled process of essentially “manufacturing of consent” in select groups of people, as was conducted by Kirk and Co. Consulting, be considered credible public consultation? The public consultation process has no credibility. Is the EAO aware that there are international guidelines for proper public participation process (Attachment 1)?
- Similarly, the Public Open Houses by the BC Environmental Assessment Office were conducted not by the reviewing agencies, BC EAO and federal CEAA agency staff, but again by the government and proponent’s Kirk and Co. Consulting. How has this obvious cajoling of the public been allowed?
Nancy Spooner – Nancy Spooner is listed as part of the team of Kirk & Company Consulting Ltd. She was a senior member of the B.C. Liberal Party re-election group in 2005 and in the previous election. As recently as April, 2010 she was listed as a Principal Officer of James Hoggan and Associates a company that donated $16,868 to the B.C. Liberal Party between 2005 and 2010. In addition, she has donated a further $2,848 during this period under Nancy Spooner Consulting Inc.
She is cited above as someone who received payments from BC Rail.
James Hoggan – James Hoggan is President of James Hoggan and Associates. As mentioned above, his company donated $16,868 to the B.C. Liberal Party between 2005 and 2010. Between 2005 & 2008 his company received $353,855 in B.C. Government contracts.
His company has invested in the NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc.