Friday, March 13, 2009

RailGate's Revenge.....Making Rain Not Decks


Courtesy of Sean Holman, via John Daly, here is the full text of The Progressive Group's post-court mention, limited hangout, from late yesterday...



March 12, 2009


VANCOUVER BC - The following is in response to questions raised in the BC Legislature today regarding the contractual relationship between BC Rail and Mr. Patrick Kinsella of the Vancouver-based Progressive Holdings.

Mr. Kinsella was engaged by BC Rail to assist in understanding and interpreting the Core Review Process as to its potential impact on the Corporation. BC Rail sought counsel on what implications, if any, might affect the Crown Corporation's operations and their strategic plan going forward.

The review process was the focus of the discussions between the Corporation and Progressive Holdings during the four-year term of the contract.

Progressive Holdings charged a monthly retainer for professional services including strategic communication counsel and interpretation of public policy initiatives.

Patrick Kinsella is the President of Progressive Holdings and the Chairman of The Progressive Group. His firm provides strategic counsel to clients on political and public policy initiatives in British Columbia.

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Gotta love this line....

Progressive Holdings charged a monthly retainer for...... interpretation of public policy initiatives.


Well, because at the time the retainer charges began (eg. 2002) BC Rail was still, itself, very much a 'public' policy initiative.

Of course, by the end of 2004 it was pretty much not.

A 'public' initiative I mean.

But here's the thing.....

Didn't Joy McPhail have a question for Premier Campbell in the Legislature about Mr. Kinsella that did not mention BC Rail in, say, oh I dunno....May of 2003?

You will find the official record of Ms. McPhail's question to Mr. Campbell in Hansard here (just type 'Kinsella' in the search box of your browser when you get there and it will take you right to the approprite passage).
Oh, by the way, it's lunchtime Friday and the Boys (and girls?) from the PAB win today....Congratulations!.....The visit score for the morning -8/ finished a distant third with only 4.....


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