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Suspicious Prince George Dealings: New Liberal Woes

March 7th, 2013 · 21 Comments

You know you’re having a bad day in politics when your opponents capture the headlines and public attention raising doubts about the integrity of your dealings.

Well imagine how bad it is when the allegations, doubts, suspicions go on and one for days, weeks … even back a year … and the ones alleging wrongdoing and improper handling of public business are YOUR OWN supporters and financial backers!!!!!


But that’s exactly what the BC Liberal government is now facing: accusations of unfairness, deception and letdown from two Prince George businessmen who, together, have reportedly donated more than $120,000 to the governing party over the past six years.

If that’s whats now coming from the Liberals’ “friends” … they truly have more to be concerned about than the Opposition only nine weeks before Election Day.

The latest drama surrounds plans to build a $25 Million Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George.

Liberal backer Brian Fehr  alleged local Prince George MLA Pat Bell (Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training) had assured him that his company would make the short list for design of the building and had paid Dan McLaren’s company a $150,000 deposit for land assembled during the bid process.

News reports described, however, that Fehr’s company was excluded from the short list and McLaren’s land location was not specified in the project request for proposals. (The Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail have done some very good digging/reporting on the complex details involved).

Now both businessmen have filed official complaints that they were misled by Bell.

This from Liberal supporters (McLaren had even sought the Liberal nomination in Prince George) and donors!  Double Ugh!! … for the government.

Of course, none of the allegations have been proven in court or before any government administrative body. But that’s not the point …at this time.

Christy Clark has once more been forced to publicly defend another Minister, over another potential scandal, standing once more in front of the cameras answering targeted questions over yet more accusations of impropriety  … instead of talking about the “good news” she no doubt sees in her Throne Speech and Budget promises.

No wonder BC’s unelected, un-mandated acting premier just doesn’t seem to be smiling as much these days.

Maybe she’s worried … about what may come out next!

Harv Oberfeld


Tags: British Columbia

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 13 // Mar 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Cough cough sputter and squint. Excuse me Harvey whilst I crawl out from under my rock. (cghzd). I cant imagine how much worse this can get. This Bell fiasco is as you said allegations, but poor old Christie must be afraid to open the blinds in the am just in case the grim reaper is peering in the window. I have to admit that I voted for Christie to lead the party. One of the biggest mistakes Ive ever made. Heres the deal though. As I chat with buddies and co workers they almost always marvel that I am the ONLY person they know that admits to voting for the Gordo gang. Even I havent met anyone that admits voting for the BC Libs. So be afraid all you NDPers that the silent majority isnt a bunch of closet LEIBERALS. Todays NW pole was close to a split as to what people thought of Dixie as a leader.
    Ugh strain excuse me while I crawl back under my free enterprise rock

  • 2 Gilbert // Mar 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    George Abbott would have been a much better choice to lead the Liberals.

    (Response: There’s still time! h.o)

  • 3 chuckstraight // Mar 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    The CKNW poll isn`t something I would count on 13.
    The last 12 years haven`t exactly been free enterprise have they?

  • 4 Ian Fromme-Nelson // Mar 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Lei-berals? Does this have anything to do with Hawaii?

    Oh no, of course… that was the last BC premier (the elected one), convicted of drunk driving in Hawaii… sorry, the BC LIEberals have been cranking out the scandals so fast and furious that I just can’t keep track!

    Great article Harv, keep on keepin’ it real! Cheers! Now I’ve gotta go crawl under my socialist rock (but goodness, isn’t it getting crowded under there lately!)…

  • 5 212Degrees // Mar 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    At the rate the Liberals are going with a scandal every other day and even overlaps, the claim that Clark is a great campaigner will never get a chance to be put to the test. Each day, it seems she adds one more item to her clown outfit. And amazingly, the rest of her caucus keeps piling into her clown car on their journey to political irrelevancy and lame duck status.

  • 6 Gini // Mar 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

    That’s funny, 13…….I haven’t found anyone who voted for the BC Liberals in the last 2 elections, either. Well actually, there was one guy, but he passed away a few years ago.

    I was pleased to read that the First Nations, Indo-Canadian, and Chinese community leaders expressed their disgust at the BC Liberals’ blatant attempt at buying their votes in the upcoming election. It’s great that these cultural groups can come together in a common cause, and it’s too bad that the rest of us can’t do the same.

  • 7 workforfun // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:05 am

    All political parties do it – trying to buy the ethnic population votes. Big difference here is the Lie-berals got caught with their blatant amateur attempt and continue to lie about it.
    Regarding Pat Bell – well that is another subject really.
    I do believe Pat Bell should go back to selling hamburgers in his franchise outlet – who knows, maybe he can convert the local Chinese and Indo communities !
    Sorry, but I am disgusted with the BC Lieberals to the point of saying that nothing they say will ever be an honest comment – they have know idea.

  • 8 G. Barry Stewart // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I saw this Monty Python clip a few months ago, when a poster compared Christy to the Black Knight. Very appropriate.

    “Gory” warning — and sorry for the ad at the beginning.

  • 9 Gary T // Mar 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Well 13, I like you, voted for the Lieberals last election also. I admit it as part of my penance for being so stupid. There is nothing ” free enterprise ” about the Lieberals, unless you are a contributor to the Lieberal party. Everbodies favorite gripe about the NDP is that they will tax us to death. Gee whiz, under the Lieberals , we pay MSP premiums, carbon taxes, road tolls, and our hydro & ICBC bills have gone up something awful. How could the NDP possibly be any worse than that ?

  • 10 CGHZD // Mar 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Just a normal day for the Liebrel hucksters, hoods and thieves ay 13.
    The only thing free about free enterprise in BC is that, we the people, provide the free money for the enterprise as in BC Rail, the convention center, the marshmallow roof, IPP’s. BC ferries, the forestry and hydro debacle, and a host of other indiscretions to long to be listed.
    None is so blind as those who will not see.???

  • 11 13 // Mar 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Okay your right the Libs have a laundry list of errors. But just think they have been in power for quite some time. The NDP also have a list albeit a due to short time in office the list is also shorter. We can only hope that the NDP stick to their tried and true stratagy of 4 years and they get the punt.

  • 12 Kreditanstalt // Mar 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It’s amazing how so mny here think that replacing Party “A” with Party “B” will change much.

    Get over it. Our next taxspenders will face the same financial and fiscal constraints as do the current bunch. They will face a probably worsening economy and, if the currently worldwide-popular bets on LNG as a cash cow fail to materialize they’ll be facing even larger debts.

    The same strident demands for more social spending and more regulation. The same shrill environmentalist and resource industry lobbying.

    Remember the NDP deputy ministers with their hands in the till? Bingogate? Favours for leaky condos? Fast ferries? And before that, Fantasy Gardens…Frank Calder…Phil Gaglardi…Bob Sommers…

    Will anything change? The ONLY thing that will change is that the government favourities will be different. Different clients on whom to spend our money.

    What’s really needed is smaller, weaker, poorer governments. Less power for ministers and the premier and more for the legislature itself. Lower taxes all around. Continuing budget shortfalls!

    Remember, the only the only change will occur in the government’s clients. PEOPLE are all the same, and power corrupts…

    (Response: Unfortunately you may be quite right. Keeping it real in office is a lot harder than it may look in Opposition. That’s why I keep demanding ALL specifics BEFORE the election; of course, we will not get them. The same people who are on here regularly condemning the Liberals (justifiably) for all kinds of faults, will make excuses and be on here blasting me if the NDP get elected and commit the same faults (introducing new taxes, fees, handing out lucrative contracts to friends, supporters) over time. For too many people, government is like a hockey game …its just about winning for their team. And just a different group of friends get rewarded …while the rest of us pay through the nose and vow to throw them out next time around. h.o.)

  • 13 Mo // Mar 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    “Todays NW poll was close to a split as to what people thought of Dix as a leader.”

    CKNW is a dog. period.

  • 14 e.a.f. // Mar 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The 2 business men in P. G., who gave $120K in donations to the lieberals, expected something in return? Gee that sounds more like bribery to me. So then their MLA “promised” them something and then reneged. Well that is politics. Dirty but true. I don’t feel sorry for these 2 guys. They thought they could “buy” what they wanted. Lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas.

    When you make donations to your favorite political party one ought to do so for the sake of the political party you believe in; not what they can do to improve your profit margin. That is what is wrong with politcs to day.

    (Response: Does that apply to union donations to the NDP too? And according to latest in the Tyee, Fehr’s company also donated $50,000 to the NDP.Does that mean the’re taking bribes? It’s a tough question when dealing with donations: on one hand donating is an important way of contributing to our political process: and let’s face it, many donors to all parties expect a “return” on their investment, one way or another. h.o)

  • 15 anonymous // Mar 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Kreditanstalt states:

    “Remember the NDP deputy ministers with their hands in the till? Bingogate? Favours for leaky condos? Fast ferries? And before that, Fantasy Gardens…Frank Calder…Phil Gaglardi…Bob Sommers… ”

    Gee, I didn’t realize the NDP owned Fanatsy Gardens,
    Flyin Phil and the infamous Bob Sommers. The Ndp must take ownership of Calders peccadilo, however, he later switched teams. I guess all the players are interchangeable. Just trying to keep it real kreditanstalt and assign blame where it belongs.

  • 16 13 // Mar 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm


    I think kredit…. was simply pointing out that besides the Libs the NDP and the Socreds etc all have made some decisions that might not have been in the best interest of BC.

    Its so easy to slam poor old Christy and her gang.They happen to be the blunder of the day. Just wait Dixie and the rest of his socalist hoard will have debts to pay to BCGEU Nurses Teachers and dont forget the Teamsters the CAW the ILWU and what the hell even the rat union CLAC will expect some sort of “return on investment”.

  • 17 e.a.f. // Mar 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

    People don’t donate to a party which they think will do them harm. so yes they send their money where they think it will do them the most good. Hence unions sending financial donations to the NDP. An NDP government may be more labour friendly so of course unions support them. But the way I read the article is the two business men were donating $120K to the lieberals and didn’t get what they wanted, therefore being upset.

    Donating to the ndp large companies, well I always considered that hedging their bets.

  • 18 Keith E. // Mar 10, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Hi Harvey,

    a good article on this from Gary Mason @ the Globe and Mail.

    Thankfully along with you some of the msm aren’t letting this drift away among all the other corrupt cock ups these clowns are creating.

    (Response: The Globe has a very good BC bureau and BC regional section. Too bad the rest of the paper is still so Toronto orientated and still not really, in my opinion, a real national newspaper. h.o)

  • 19 deeby // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    And now Falcon weighs in:

    You know things are bad when caucus and party solidarity goes into the toilet, and everyone starts shooting inward. Reminds me of the last days of Vander Zalm…

    Kevin must be casting his eyes towards Ottawa, or forwards towards ‘Free Enterprise 3.0′, as some are calling it.

  • 20 anonymous // Mar 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm


    I think kredit…. was simply pointing out that besides the Libs the NDP and the Socreds etc all have made some decisions that might not have been in the best interest of BC.

    a-nonymous please. Not an-nonymous. The alternative would be to label you 113.

    Btw, I disagree with your assessment of kreditanstalts intentions. Firmly believe he would like to have people hang all the abovementioned scandals on the ndp. Having said that I would much prefer a minority government. We ain’t going to get a bunch of independents running or elected. And, if we did elect a bunch of independents, how long before they form partys?

  • 21 crazy eh... // Mar 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Free enterprise 3.0…? Let’s bury the current mess first. One would hope that some form of anti-corruption watch dog, independent, and with the required powers, will somehow be created in this province..All taxpayers have a right to be angered and indeed enraged, by this current corrupt regime of fools….