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Kinsella won’t be investigated: RCMP

Allegations the provincial Liberals' powerful former campaign co-chair violated the Lobbyists Registration Act will go un-investigated by the RCMP, 24 hours has exclusively learned.

New Democrat attorney general critic Leonard Krog asked the RCMP on October 3 to investigate if Patrick Kinsella and his business partner Mark Jiles have been lobbying the government without registering – allegations both men deny.

And, in an interview, RCMP spokesperson Annie Linteau confirmed the force won't be looking into those allegations, which took place in or before 2007.

The reason: violations of the Lobbyists Registration Act are enforced under the Offence Act. And, under that statute, proceedings could only be brought against Kinsella and Jiles within six months of their alleged offences taking place.

Krog requested the RCMP investigate after Kinsella declined to consent to a review of his interactions with the government by lobbyists registrar David Loukidelis.

At the time, Loukidelis -- who stated he didn't have the power to "gather information from unwilling parties" and therefore couldn’t look into the allegations against Kinsella -- agreed a police investigation was "the only meaningful recourse that is available given the circumstances."

But that recourse has now been exhausted.

“I think it’s offensive to the public that no one is going to find out the truth of what happened or didn’t happen,” said Krog. “This confirms that the Lobbyists Registration Act is essentially useless.”

Government didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Over the past seven months, this reporter has obtained records and conducted interviews showing Kinsella’s strategic communications firm has helped win major provincial government contracts and benefits for foreign and business interests.

This reporter has also showed Kinsella had repeated meetings and scheduled meetings with the province's then solicitor general John Les and British Columbia Lottery Corp. leaders.

A spokesman for ING Canada Inc. has confirmed Kinsella worked as a consultant for the insurance giant, attending a meeting between Les and an ING executive.

And a national payday loan company vice-president has said Kinsella did lobbying work for The Cash Store Financial Services Inc., helping setup a meeting between the firm and Les.

Under the Lobbyists Registration Act, consultant lobbyists are required to sign-up if they, for pay, communicate with a public office holder in an attempt to influence government -- although there are some exceptions to that rule.

But consultants must always register if they, for pay, arrange a meeting with an office holder and another "person."

Sean Michael Holman is editor and publisher of Public Eye Online and legislative reporter for 24 hours where this story also appears today.

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