Saturday, April 12, 2014

This Day In Snookland...Who You Gonna Believe...The Paper Or The Premier?


First, from the invitation/contract of Sept 27, 2007 from RCI, signed, as shown above, by Ms. Christy Clark:

"...Upon accepting our invitation to join the board of PGEI as founding Chair, you will be appointed on an annual basis with an annual director and chairmanship fee renumeration totaling CAD $12,000 to be paid in installments of $4,000 every 4 months, with the first payment being paid within 120 days following your initial appointment..."

Second, what Ms. Clark 'said', without any documentary back-up whatsover, at the British Columbia Legislature, as recorded by the VSun's Rob Shaw, about her 'non-involvement' in the RCI subsidiary, the Pacific Gateway Education Inc. (PGEI):

...“I never did any work for the company, I wasn’t paid by the company, I never attending any meetings at the request of the company, and as far as I know the company never really got off the ground...”



If the company 'never got off the ground', how to explain the letter that was sent from RCI to the University of New Brunswick on April 2nd, 2008, some 185 days AFTER Ms. Clark signed the above described invitiation/contract, that included the following written words:

"...PGEI whose founding chair is former B.C. deputy premier and education minister Christy Clark, has developed an innovative and turn-key business model designed to undertake large-scale recruitment of international students in partnership with a Canadian public university..."


Given all that...

And given Ms. Clark's penchant both for 'saying anything' and for running paperless investigations while in government, is it not incumbent upon her to actually produce some paper now?

Specifically, paper saying that the 'invitation/contract' was dissolved before April 2, 2008.

Otherwise, given the written wording in said invitation/contract (i.e. first payment within '120 days') and the fact that the letter from the parent company was written more than 180 days later claiming that Ms. Clark is the founding chair....


Invitation/Contract from the Twittmachine feed of the fellow who broke the story...Matthew Millar.
This notion of paper v. meaningless mutterings came up on the comment threads to a previous post courtesy Paul Willcocks (who is back in Lotusland!)...
That third man thing is still coming, promise (think 'conflicty')...



Anonymous said...

Reporters like Rob Shaw don't have time to ask for proof. They're too busy retweeting anti-NDP trolls (Hi Keith Baldrey) or writing stories about MLAs who live outside their ridings.

North Van's Grumps said...

Sure would appreciate it RossK if you would TICK that little box in the:

Edit Link: "Open this in a new window".

You have so many links today that I have to hit the BACK-a-page command.... or what its called to see your next link.

North Van's Grumps said...

Coincidentally RossK, the job offering letter from RCI Capital Group Inc. to Christy Clark is "C/o Suite, 200-409 Granville Street, Vancouver BC V6C 1T2"

Google Search Criteria: V6C 1T2 burrard

No Surprise, but for a couple who prefers not to be "tangled"..... she was working at Burrard Communications Inc. for FREE and now it turns out she was about to work for FREE for RCI. Is it possible that we can claw back her Premier salary and let her work for FREE.

RossK said...



Mr. Millar noted that also.

All this led Jeremy Nuttall to wonder if she just might be the greatest crony philanthropist of all time.



Point very much taken.


Alison said...

Just catching up here. Naive of me I suppose but I hadn't realized how these cash for visas schemes work.

"...their children are usually pretty young and when they finish school here, they end up fitting in much better. They grow up Canadian, and they have the capital of their parents and end up doing a lot of business in Canada."

Either way, there is business generated for RCI and the banks that compete to finance the cost of those $400,000 payments. Most investor immigrants typically don't put up the entire amount, said Jeffrey Lowe, a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer. They usually make a down payment of $120,000, and then take a $280,000 loan at about 7.4 per cent.

At the same time, the governments pay a commission, around seven per cent or $28,000, that gets split between the financiers and the agents who bring them potential clients. After five years, the government returns the $400,000. So, for the banks and RCI, it's a relatively low-risk bet."

~ Vancouver Sun, 2008

Alison said...

Sorry if last quote seems a bit obscure/off-topic.

I was looking up what other private edu companies like Christie's are currently run out of #200-409 Granville, like this one offering Immigration through Study, and that led me to reading about cash for visas programs.

Here's Christie's RCI contract

RossK said...

Thanks Alison.

You noted, with interest, a couple of specific educational institutitions that were named in said contract I'm sure.


Alison said...

Tyee : Clark Chaired Company that Lobbied Her Former University