Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Wild Progressive Boys...The Mexican...And The Beer Bong.


Thanks to Gary Mason, writing in The Globe, everyone (else) now knows the starting line-up in the Big Brewery Boondoggle...

...Pacific Western (Brewing) hired Liberal insider Patrick Kinsella and his partner, Mark Jiles, to lobby for precisely the change the L(iquor)D(istribution)B(ranch) announced. Making appearances worse, the policy move was announced a week after (Pacific Western's owner) Ms. Komatsu made an in-kind gift donation valued at nearly $27,000 for use as an auction item at a fundraiser Mr. Coleman held in his riding...

{snippety doo-dah}

...You would think that the Premier of the province would have been given a heads-up on this. Christy Clark’s brother, Bruce, was a senior-ranking executive in Pacific Western until three years ago. He’s a good friend of Mr. Kinsella. While there are no direct links between Mr. Clark and this decision, at least on the surface, the Premier should still have been notified about what was coming down the pike given the discussion it might ignite....


Now who's going to ask the hard questions about the playbook?



Anonymous said...

Where does Pacific Western Brewing's owner Ms. Komatsu hold citizenship?

"The national brewers have been pretty aggressive on this. They don't like the fact that we are trying to find a solution because I think quite frankly they would like to keep our small brewing industry down. These are mega companies that are not run in Canada anymore," said Coleman. - CBC

Is Coleman saying the BC Liberals are against foreign investment in BC?

North Van's Grumps said...

There you go again RossK, stealing my "white lightning" thunder of a Post.

Kim Haakstad comes to mind

Ian said...

If Coleman was so concerned about small BC breweries why did the tax change only apply to Pacific Brewing?

On another Coleman front, Laila has posted a letter in today's Abbotsford Times from former Abbottsford South BC Liberal constit president calling Coleman "a bald faced liar". It's good that the rest of the world is catching up.

North Van's Grumps said...

And if you go LinkedIn her "Alliance" job before she became a member of the inner circle of Christy is listed off. As a bonus you'll get to see who else, visitors to "Kim" LinkedIn, were interested in.

RossK said...


Ahhhh, yessss....The Brewmaster connection...It's like our government is straight outta the rejected scripts for the original Bob and Doug Movie.



Why, indeed.

Thanks for the heads-up on the latest from Laila.