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Liberal candidate's former company in dispute with province

The Liberal candidate for Saanich South, Robin Adair, appears to be downplaying his seven years working for a welfare-to-work business, Public Eye's Sean Holman pointed out in a story this week.

The oversight on Adair's campaign website and in the announcement of his candidacy comes as his former company pursues a dispute against the provincial government he aims to join.

“British Columbia has taken steps to strictly enforce contractually imposed revenue caps on a per client basis and has provided notice of termination of one of its six provincial contracts with [West Coast Group Consultants Ltd.],” said the most recent SEC filing from WCG parent company, Arizona-based Providence Service Corporation. “We are disputing these actions subject to contractually mandated mediation and arbitration.”

Representatives of the company did not return a call by publication time, but a government official said the dispute has moved from mediation into arbitration.

Adair was the vice-president responsible for communications and government relations for WCG, which runs JobWave, Triumph and other employment programs. Last summer the company lost an $8 million contract to provide employment services in the province's Interior region.

Adair parted with the company in October, though the WCG website still lists him as part of the team.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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