One of the crime scenes

Monday, April 20, 2009


BC liaRs line up
for the Greedn!

During one of my increasingly rare descents into the fluff and muck of the Mild One Online, other wise known as the Tyee, I came across a commenter who left a list of liberal "insiders" who had found new homes (and sources of income) with the hypocritically promoted Run of River, so-called "green" private hydro industry. This inspired me to find the source over at PublicPowerBC where a commenter/submitter going by murmar had taken the time to compile a list of liberal insiders and former BC Hydro execs who had moved into the IPP fold. I've left off the former BC Hydro employees, giving them the benefit of the doubt because:

1- they at least have a background in power generation/distribution

and

2- maybe they feel insecure working for a crown corporation so obviously under attack by the same government who has taken aim not only at BC Hydro, but also BC Rail, BC Ferries, BC Gas and the BC Healthcare System itself in its ongoing efforts to make an American for-profit model seem attractive.

murmar points out that:


While there is no direct evidence of conflict of interest, there seems to be a troublesome pattern of BC Governement and Liberal party insiders being employed by these power corporations. Many have inside knowledge of government policy and processes that probably could lead to the enrichment of the companies that many have moved to.


Mark Grant, BC Liberal executive director, resigns December 12, 2008 to join Rupert Peace Power.

David Cyr, former Assistant to BC Liberal Minister Mike de Jong, is now a director at Plutonic Power.

Robert Poore, recently worked under the Provincial Revenue Minister of the Province of BC, now is a senior director at Plutonic Power.

Tom Syer, who has held a variety of senior positions in the BC Government including Gordon Campbell’s Deputy Chief of Staff, is now a director at Plutonic Power.

Bill Irwin, after holding key positions in the BC Ministries of Land and Water, and Crown Lands, now is a director at Plutonic Power.

Bruce Young has held several high profile positions with the BC Liberal party and lobbied his own party on behalf of Katabatic Power is listed as a director of Atla Energy.

Stephen Kukucha, former senior policy advisor for the BC Ministry of Environment, is now president and CEO of Atla Energy.

Bob Herath, former Assistant Regional Water Manager for the BC Ministry of Environment is now with Syntaris Power.

Paul Taylor, after his work as President and CEO of crown corporation ICBC as well as high level positions in the BC Government, is now President and CEO of Naikun Wind Energy Group.

Michael J. O’Conner, former President and CEO of Crown Corporation BC Transit, now holds senior positions at Naikun.

Jackie Hamilton, formerly held various BC Government environmental assessment and regulatory management positions, is now a VP at Cloudworks Energy.

Geoff Plant, former BC Liberal Attorney General, now chair of Renaissance Power.

Supposedly we live in a democracy, but in a democracy the government is supposed to serve the people - NOT THE CORPORATIONS! Actually the privatize everything crowd empitomized by Thatcher, Ronnie Raygun, Bu$hCo, Pinochet, the PsuedoCons under Harper and our own organized criminal group lead by Gordo the Greedy bear more of a kinship with what we know as FASCISM!

When you consider what we, as a province, have given away during the last eight years of Campbell terror to CN (BC Rail), Kinder-Morgan(BC Gas), Accenture (functions of BC Hydro and BC Medical and maybe more), the attempt to sell the Coquihalla, the rights of wild salmon to get by farmed salmon sea-lice, every stream big enough to turn a turbine in spring freshet, and I could go on - Carole James' message about Taking Back BC, should resonate with people who aren't in a Canned Waste/Glowball induced coma!

I saw Gordo speaking at the Sun Run yesterday in regards to the pay out to star candidate Kash Heed, who voluntarily QUIT his job in West Van, yet still stands to collect $40,000. Gordo couldn't have been more sanctimonious about the sanctity of contracts. How's about the sanctity of contracts with the HEU or the financiers of the Olympic Village. I guess contracts are kind of like the JustUs system - depends on who is accused. It appears that if you are a BC liaR or supporter, you can count on dying in bed of old age before any charges against you are dealt with - and in the meantime they can't even be mentioned (sub judice priest) - that's the extra special good part, from their point of view, at least!

For more about the Rape of the Rivers Pirate Power scam see WaterWalk and BC's Watershed Election at Creekside.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Laila said...

Great Post Koot! This is something I've been hoping someone would have the patience to do after talking to a friend who lives up in the Powell River area, and hates the Plutonic Power project . Well done, and I hope you don't mind if I point this one out on my blog!

Monday, April 20, 2009 at 6:06:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Murmar said...

Hi KootKoot, I am murmar and glad to see you picked up my post. I agree with you on the BC Hydro employees not being as relevant, but I do think it is important.

Many companies have conflict of interest and 'do not compete clauses' for employees who take severance packages and early retirement etc. I don't know the situation of the BC Hydro employees, but the fact that a few hours of searching turned up so many was disturbing to me.

I have done a number of posts since January on www.publicpowerbc.ca and I suggest you check them out. The more research I do in this area, the more I am disturbed. Especially by the deliberate misinformation and careful PR campaign conducted by the BC Liberals and IPP companies and their proponents.

You might want to check the Tyee on an astroturf pro-IPP group, BC Citizens for Green Energy. Since they 'outed' the organization's BC Liberal ties, they have yet another spokesperson, David Fields. Do not confuse him with Environmentalist "David Field,' this spokesperson is connected to the BC Liberal party as well. Before he closed his facebook profile he was linked to a BC Liberal constituency and a number of prominent BC Liberals. He is well known in Burnaby for writing partisan letters supporting the BC Liberals.

http://thetyee.ca/News/2008/12/18/GreenEnergy/

As well I took a list of companies who were involved in the Energy calls for BC Hydro since 2001 and found over $800,000 in doantions to the party from IPP's (and some more prominent executives. The spreadsheet is linked off of my post.

http://www.publicpowerbc.ca/ipp-political-contributions-bc-libs-exceeds-800000

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 11:34:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous murmar said...

Murmar again,

Sorry I asked people not to confuse David Field and David Fields but I did it myself. Field is with the astroturf liberal Pro-IPP group and Fields is the real environmentalist.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 12:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kootcoot said...

murmar, thanx for the further links and leads. I've downloaded a copy of the spreadsheet, exported it into a database (so I can more handily manipulate the data) and am about to send a table which is the result of a query asking for the donors of amounts over $999 to my friends over at WaterWalk.

By the way I also added a fomula into the rows in the last (total) column to generate a total per company. I'll send you a copy of the database and/or the formula added spreadsheet if you're interested. Just e-mail me at kootcoot@hotmail.com w/where to send it to. thanx again.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 1:14:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous murmar said...

Kootcoot:

you can send it to me at murmar0@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 8:35:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Ivan Doumenc said...

http://eloisecharet.ca/waterwalk.php

Notice in the link above how Plutonic's CEO Donald McInnes personally contributed $31,000 to the BC Liberals campaign. When you add that number to Plutonic's own contribution of $51,000, you have a total of $82,000 coming out of the Plutonic checkbooks.

Not bad for a corporation that as of yet generates zero revenue. 82 grand selflessly donated on borrowed money, simply because those folks believe in the intrinsic values embodied by the Liberals and felt compelled to support the party of their hearts.

When I compare that donation to the miserable 50 bucks that I dished out to the Wilderness Committee this year, I realize how better than me those people are.

It's good to know that, at least, we are giving Bute Inlet away to philanthropists and true democrats.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 3:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kootcoot said...

Ivan, you have sharp eyes, noticing the added Plutonic "charity for Gordo."

By the way perhaps you heard that Mr. McI(got mine)nnes was speaking in Campbell River last night. Though he said he wasn't "campaigning" for or promoting the Campbellites, he heavily implied that if Gordo wasn't re-elected, it would be the end of the world as we know it. Of course the "loss" of BC slipping out of our grasp as we know it under our CEO Premier would be a good thing in the estimation of anyone not among the favored few!

murmar, who put together the original spreadsheet, needs to be thanked again for his efforts, especially making the connections between some individuals and certain corporate entities. Thats why individuals like Mr. McInnes and Dr. Eunall (sp?) (he holds various water licenses, allegedly) are there at all. Who knows, there may be donations in the names of some of these power peoples' pets that we're not even picking up on. Transparency isn't the BC liaRs' forte.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM PDT  
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