[quote=“MiG”]I can’t believe we have to read this in a Toronto newspaper. Northern View, where are you?
Good to see that the Toronto newspaper is capable of calling locals and chasing down a story in Prince Rupert.
I don’t know where the Northern View is on this story, but as a local blogger who has been persistently following these events comments, the Globe & Mail article is reminiscent of a John Grisham thriller < northcoastreview.blogspot.ca/201 … p-for.html >.
While the life and times of Sun Wave and its local consultant definitely has some startling aspects to it, I think that IntegrityBC’s spin, calling on the BC Liberals to return campaign funds to Sun Wave and another company, is a bit hard to take seriously.
They say that the two companies are “connected with an alleged bank fraud scheme in China”. Let me see now, “alleged”, as in not proven? “Connected”. What exactly does that mean? I guess everything in the world is connected one way or another on some ultimate or transcendent level. Maybe we’re all nascent or closet supporters of communism because we buy so much stuff from China. I don’t know, I give up sometimes.
I don’t think that Elections BC is going to venture into those rarified atmospheres looking for ‘connections’. Any individual or oranization, incorporated or unincorporated, good, bad or ugly, can make donations in this province. Such is the nature of our sometimes flawed democracy. Elections BC is more concerned about how politicians spend and account for donations.
For an outfit that urges greater transparency, accountability and other good things, IntegrityBC is a rather mysterious, even shadowy outfit itself.
Its’ founder, businessman and former Green Party official Wayne Crookes has been quite active in the courts in recent years trying to silence or claim damages from people who say things about him. An article posted online a few years entitled “Gang of Crookes” attracted his particular ire and was the subject of a number of unsuccessful court actions, including I might add against the Yahoo company no less. It’s all on the public record.
You may recall a Supreme Court of Canada decision last year to the effect that one does not commit defamation by posting hyperlinks. We can thank Mr Crookes, who was on the losing side, for that clarification by our highest court. IntegrityBC probably offers some material for a John Grisham-like thriller.
As for our hapless former MLA Bill Belsey, what can I say? I didn’t vote for him. I’m neither a communist nor a BC Liberal, although I admit to having voted for both in days gone by. He no doubt will have some explaining to do over his lobbying activities, but Elections BC is not going to be ordering him or his party to repay campaign donations, I predict.