Friends helping friends: The story of how the BC Liberal – SNC Lavalin connection persists with Christy Clark.
Click on the photo below to see Gwyn Morgans person contributions to the BC Liberals and Christy Clark.
Now…. let’s go back and read this story, detailing some of the conflicts behind the proposed Victoria LRT line, SNC and Clark.
And yes…. no surprise here… SNC gets the new skytrain line project:
Former SNC head Pierre Duhaime formally charged with fraud. ( yes that would be the very same Pierre whose indignant quotes regarding the corruption report in Quebec are included in the first link above)
In a related story, the revelations and allegations keep piling up in Quebec’s Charbonneau inquiry into corruption in the construction industry there : an engineering firm confirmed today that it engaged in “inappropriate conduct” in the financing of political parties in Quebec and the awarding of municipal contracts as outlined in recent allegations to the province’s corruption inquiry. http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Charbonneau+allegations+Genivar+confirms+inappropriate/7948176/story.html
One can only wonder if there is a politician in British Columbia who is ready to take on similar and ongoing allegations relating to bidding “irregularities” for both provincial and municipal contracts in our fine province, several of which I’ve written about here on this site.
When companies bidding on contracts:
- wine and dine politicians and senior staff members;
- engage in the excessive financing of political parties and candidates;
- advise and mentor politicians while holding active contracts;
- provide access to entertainment, go on personal vacations with and otherwise provide gains to provincial and municipal politicians that would, without a doubt, be considered a conflict of interest or influence peddling….
… then we have entered the realm of corruption.
It has been revealed in the ongoing corruption inquiry in Quebec that Habs tickets were the currency of choice for companies eager to corrupt city and provincial officials and staff. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/02/10/habs-ticket-corruption-inquiry.html?cmp=rss
Hmm…anybody sweating yet?
We find ourselves with a premier who campaigned on bringing open government to the people and then quickly revealed herself as being more secretive than Campbell ever was. A premier who mandates transparency and accountability to ensure tax dollars are being spent wisely to give British Columbians a better quality of life… but applies that mandate selectively, targeting her foes and protecting her friends.
My repeated calls for a full investigation into the government bidding process within all ministries of the government of B.C. ( and certain municipalities) have gone unheeded or acknowledged by any party in British Columbia, even when bolstered with a federal report indicating a lack of accountability, experience and transparency in the process.
To do anything less, is to condone corruption within government by our elected officials, by those deemed with the power to stop it.