Political ghosts

In the interests of political accountability, the constituents of Kootenay Columbia should know the local connection to the Conservative Party “in and out” financing scheme currently dominating the national political news.

MP Jim Abbott is one of 67 Conservative candidates from the 2006 federal election who, Elections Canada alleges, received Conservative Party money (which was then returned) as part of a complex “in and out” financing scheme.

These money transfers allegedly allowed the Conservative Party to exceed their national campaign spending limit by over one million dollars, at taxpayers’ expense.

In an attempt to investigate this matter, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics conducted hearings in mid-August 2008 (House of Commons, 2nd session, 39th Parliament, meeting #48). Official Agents for local Conservative campaigns were either summoned or subpoenaed to appear before the Parliamentary Committee. When summoned, Mr. Abbott’s Official Agent, Mr. Harvey Venier failed to appear before the Committee on August 13th. Other Official Agents also failed to appear, even when subpoenaed by the Committee. Eventually the Committee investigation ground to a halt out of sheer frustration.

Presently, Mr. Venier is the Financial Agent for the Kootenay-Columbia Conservative Party Riding Association. Yet given the uncertainty surrounding Mr. Venier’s conduct as an Official Agent during the 2006 federal election, his continued presence as an Executive Member of the Riding Association undermines the credibility of the entire organization.

The “in and out” financing scheme may date back to 2006 but the constituents of Kootenay-Columbia deserve to know the truth.

Brent Bush

Kimberley

Just Posted

Elk Valley RCMP issues 40 traffic tickets in 21 days

Logging truck driver fined after trailer wheels catch alight

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Donations pouring in for injured Fernie man

GoFundMe page for Rick Kennedy reaches $17,639

Fernie’s Sam Goodison representing Alberta at Canada Winter Games

Fernie’s Sam Goodison will be representing Alberta at the upcoming Canada Winter… Continue reading

RDEK takes steps towards reducing carcass pit use

The first step towards addressing the issue of carcass pits in the… Continue reading

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

GALLERY: Fernie Ghostriders get their home game mojo back

Riders post 6-1 win over Columbia Valley Rockies; prepare for playoffs

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Most Read