Sunday, July 06, 2008


Dots, dots, B.C. dots to connect

The following presentation is lengthy but it's good. A reader has generously contributed this research on the connections between the players in VANOC and BCRail (an oversimplification on my part). The research is presented unverified, exactly as received, for the benefit of others. Send your comments. Very special thanks to the unknown person who gathered and sorted all this information for us. - BC Mary.

Anonymous said...

with links to the BC Rail deal.
June 12 2003

RE: Plundering BC: Olympics, The Bid Corp, and Special Interests

1. Who's who in the Bid Corp? Some special members and their 'interests':

-Concord Pacific (Li Ka-Shing and Hui family owned), developer of the
former Expo 86 lands (one-sixth of downtown Vancouver) is significantly
represented on the Bid Board with David McLean (Chairman of the Board and
a Director of Concord Pacific Group Inc.) and Kwok Tun-Li, Stanley (Former
Deputy Chairman for Concord Pacific).

2. David McLean is also involved with the following business interests:

a) Founding Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade Foundation
b) Founder and Chairman, Vancouver Film Studios (another BC
government-funded private entity)
c) Chairman of the Board, The McLean Group, which has developed numerous
residential, office, retail and industrial properties
d) past Chair the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
e) Director, DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada
f) Director, Northwestel
g) Director, CANAC Consultants Ltd.
h) Director, Nu West Group
i) Founding Chairman of Westech Information Systems, the former
information systems arm of B.C. Hydro, and led the company through
privatization from its parent company
j) Former Chairman of the Board of Coastland Wood Industries
k) One of twenty-two business delegation members led by Premier Gordon
Campbell to attend 2002 World Economic Forum.

-Mr. McLean is also involved with the following business interests:
Chair, CN Rail (frontrunner to purchase the soon-to-be-privatized BC
Founding Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade Foundation
Founder and Chairman, Vancouver Film Studios
Chairman of the Board, The McLean Group (which has developed numerous
residential, office, retail and industrial properties)
Director, DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada
Director, Northwestel,
Director, CANAC Consultants Ltd.
Director, Nu West Group
Founding Chairman of Westech Information Systems (the former information
systems arm of B.C. Hydro, and led the company through privatization from
its parent company)
Former Chairman of the Board of Coastland Wood Industries Chair, CN Rail.

3. Stanley Tun-Li Kwok and Bid Corp, reported as 'Mastermind of Expo '86',
is also involved in a multitude of multinational businesses:

a) Principal, Stanley Kwok Consultants Inc.
b) Director, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (The Cheung Kong Group, owned
principally by Li ka-Shing operates in 41 countries and employs over
163,000 staff worldwide)
c) Development Consultant for the South East Shore of False Creek
d) Director of Omnipoint Corporation, Incorporated, VoiceStream
Wireless Corporation, Western Wireless Corporation, Global Crossing Ltd.,
Breakaway Solutions Inc.
d) Director, Amara International Investment Corporation (a Vancouver-based
private company specializing in real estate investment and in locating
Asian partnerships for projects).
e) Director, CTC Bank of Canada
f) Director, Husky Energy Inc.
g) Principal, Stanley Kwok & Associates,(worked on the Concord Pacific
development on the former Expo lands on the north shore of the Creek)
h) Joint Venture Partner with TYBA Group Inc and Dong Ah Construction
Industrial of Seoul, South Korea in the Crystal Project , a CAN$200
million development in suburban Vancouver that also includes 55,000 square
feet of office space, a 210,000 square-foot retail area, a 22,500
square-foot conference center and a 218-unit residential complex.
i) Former Director, BC Hydro
j) Director, Bank of Montreal

-Vancouver hosted Expo'86, an international event not unlike the scale of
the proposed 2010 Winter Games. One and a half years later, then Premier
Bill Vander Zalm concluded the sale of the Expo lands (84- hectare site on
False Creek, representing one-sixth of downtown Vancouver) to Li Ka-Shing
(and the Hui family) for a reported price of $145 million (said by many to
be far too low, especially considering the tens of millions of dollars the
province spent to complete the environmental clean-up of the site).
Subsequently, his company, Concord Pacific Holdings, redeveloped the site
into a multi-billion dollar downtown residential community. Bid Board
Member, Stanley Tun-Li Kwok describes himself at one of his corporate
websites as 'Mastermind of Expo '86'.

-Mr. Kwok is Former Deputy Chairman for Concord Pacific (Bid Corp Director
David McLean is the current Chairman of the Board of Concord Pacific).

-Concord Pacific is the owner of Burcon International Developments Inc.,
one of North America's leading real estate development, investment and
management organizations with assets over C$1 billion and based in
Vancouver, B.C.

-Burcon is the controlling shareholder of Oxford Properties Group Inc.
(owner of Marathon Realty).

-Mr. Kwok is Principal, Stanley Kwok Consultants Inc. and Development
Consultant for the South East Shore of False Creek. He is also a Director
of Li Ka-Shing's Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (The Cheung Kong Group
operates in 41 countries and employs over 163,000 staff worldwide with a
combined market capitalization of HK$439 billion as at January 31, 2003).
Kwok is Director, Amara International Investment Corporation (a
Vancouver-based private company specializing in real estate investment and
in locating Asian partnerships for projects). His additional Directorships
include: Li Ka-shing's companies: Omnipoint Corporation,
Incorporated, VoiceStream Wireless Corporation, Western Wireless
Corporation, Global Crossing Ltd., Breakaway Solutions Inc. and Husky
Energy Inc. (Husky Board Members also include: Stanley's wife Eva, Terry
Hui, President and CEO of Concord Pacific Group Inc., Martin Glynn President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of HSBC Bank and Victor Li, son of Li Ka-shing, Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited
Canada). Bank Director positions include: Bank of Montreal and CTC Bank
of Canada. Additionally, he is a Joint Venture Partner with TYBA Group Inc
and Dong Ah Construction Industrial of Seoul, South Korea in the Crystal
Project , a CAN$200 million development in suburban Vancouver that also
includes 55,000 square feet of office space, a 210,000 square-foot retail
area, a 22,500 square-foot conference center and a 218-unit residential

As noted, Concord Pacific, Li Ka-Shing and Hui family owned, is
significantly represented on the Bid Board with David McLean (Chairman
of the Board and a Director of Concord Pacific Group Inc.) and Stanley
Kwok Tun-li (Former Deputy Chairman for Concord Pacific).

4. Other Bid Corp directors and their interests:
-HSBC (of which Li Ka-shing is a Principal and Director) is aptly
represented on the Bid Board by Eric Major, Director, HSBC Capital
(Canada) Inc. and Milton Wong, Chair, HSBC Asset Management Canada Ltd.
(responsible for assets of $4 billion at HSBC). HSBC purchased M.K. Wong &
Associates to form HSBC Asset Management Canada Ltd. Merrill Lynch Canada
(reportedly owned by Thomas Fung, Fairchild Group) is represented on the
Bid Board by Guy Savard, Vice-Chair & Chair, Quebec Operations, Merrill
Lynch Canada Inc. Merrill Lynch International is reportedly owned by Li
Ka-shing and Thomas Fung. Bid Board Member, Ms. France Chrétien-Desmarais
is daughter of the Honourable Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada.

-Mr. Chretien, was from 1986 to 1990 a Senior Advisor with Gordon Capital
Corporation in Montreal.

-Gordon Capital is principally owned by Richard Li (Li Ka-Shing's son)
Gordon Capital owns HSBC Securities.

-Ms. Chretien-Desmarais husband is Andre Desmarais, President and Co-Chief
Executive Officer of the family-owned Power Corporation of Canada
Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified management and holding
company. Power Corporation of Canada has holdings in leading financial
services and the communications sector.

-Through its European-based affiliate Pargesa group, Power Corporation
holds significant positions in major media, energy, water, waste services,
and specialty minerals companies. Power Corporation also has diversified
interests in Asia.

-Power Financial Corporation is a diversified management and holding
company with interests in the financial services industry in North
America. Including: Great-West Lifeco Inc.: The Great-West Life Assurance
Company, London Life Insurance Company, Great-West Life & Annuity
Insurance Company. Investors Group Inc. is one of Canada's leading
financial services companies with over $41.6 billion in assets under
management and a network of 3,400 consultants.

-Mackenzie Financial Corporation is an integrated financial services
company whose core business is the management of mutual funds in Canada,
with $33.4 billion in assets under management, and distribution
relationship with over 37,000 independent financial advisers. Pargesa
Holding S.A. holds significant positions in a selected number of large
companies based in Europe. These companies operate in strategic industries
including media, energy, public utilities and specialty minerals.

-Gesca Ltée holds a 100 per cent interest in the Montreal daily newspaper
La Presse and six other daily newspapers in the province of Quebec and

-Power Corporation of Canada is a partner with Li Ka-shing in CITIC
Pacific Limited (China's largest diversified Hong Kong-traded company. Its
activities are concentrated in four main areas: infrastructure, trading
and distribution, real estate and industrial manufacturing). Mr. Desmarais
is a Director and/or Member of the Board of: Great-West Lifeco Inc.,
Investors Group Inc., London Insurance Group Inc., Pargesa Holding S.A.,
Groupe Bruxelles-Lambert S.A., Bertelsmann A.G. Mr Desmarais is also a
Director of CITIC Pacific Ltd. and Bombardier Inc.

-In addition, Mr. Desmarais is Chairman of the Canada China Business
Council; Member of the International Advisory Council of CITIC; Member of
the Trilateral Commission; Member of the Chairman's International Advisory
Council of the Americas Society; Member of the Business Council on
National Issues and Member of diverse foundations and trusts in Canada and
a Member of the Hong Kong Chief Executive's Council of International
Advisers (The CECIA advises the Chief Executive from an international
perspective on strategic issues pertinent to the long-term development of
Hong Kong).

- Ms. Chretien Desmarais' husband Andre is a Director of Bombardier Inc.

-Also on the 2010 Games Bid Board is Mr. Laurent Beaudoin, Chair,
Bombardier Inc. Bombardier stands to gain significantly from their supply
of the $1.5 billion to $2 billion Vancouver/Richmond Rapid Transit line
proposed by the 2010 Bid Corp.

5. Bid Corp and the Sea to Sky Corridor:

The ski resort industry stands to make significant profits from the 2010
Winter Games.

-Intrawest is represented on the Bid Board by Doug Forseth, Senior VP,
Operations, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. TAL Global Asset Management
(owned by CIBC) is the largest institutional shareholder of Intrawest
(reportedly 15%). Li- Ka-shing is reportedly the largest shareholder
(maximum allowable 10%) of CIBC. CIBC owns Wood Gundy.
Intrawest is the leading developer and operator of village-centered
destination resorts across North America. Intrawest owns or is involved in
14 mountain resorts in North America and Europe along with two
warm-weather resorts in the U.S.

-The company also has an interest in Alpine Helicopters Ltd., owner of
Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world
and Compagnie des Alpes, the largest ski operator in the world in terms of
skier visits (13 million in 2000/2001).

-Intrawest also has land on which to build 20,000 more units. Intrawest
holdings include ski resorts, residential communities, retail, hotels and

-The Bid Corp. has identified rental costs payable to Intrawest for
facility usage during the Winter Games at $10 million to $30 million. In
addition to Concert Properties' real estate development interest in other
ski resorts and Intrawest's vast resort holdings, other Bid Board members
are intimately involved in the ski resort industry, including:

a) Kerrin Lee-Gartner (listed as Canadian Olympic Athlete - Alpine Skiing)
is Principlal, Kerrin Lee-Gartner's Snow Creek Lodge and Principal, Fernie
Alpine Resort
b) Nancy Greene Raine (listed as Director of Skiing, Sun Peaks Resort;
Canadian Olympic Athlete - Alpine Skiing) is Principal, Nancy Greene's
Cahilty Lodge, Sun Peaks, BC; President, NGR Resort Consultants Inc.;
Proponent with husband Al Raine of Melvin Creek/Cayoosh, $500 million
four-season ski resort (90 minute drive from Whistler). Al Raine was
responsible for the planning of Whistler.

-Mr. Caleb Chan (along with brother Tom Chan) has considerable businesses
assets in British Columbia and abroad. Of particular note are the holdings
in Vancouver, Furry Creek, Whistler, etc. directly impacted by the
2010Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games:

Mr. Chan serves as:

a) President & Chairman, Burrard International
b) President & Chairman, The International Land Group, San Francisco
c) Director, UBC Properties Trust
d) Director, Belkorp Industries Inc. - Through several companies active in
British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon, the Belkorp Group
Owns and operates: an extensive portfolio of properties comprising
approximately ,500 residential apartment suites, five industrial sites,
and Big Sky Golf, an award-winning course, conveniently located near
Whistler in the Pemberton Valley of British Columbia. In addition, the
Belkorp Group invests in various long-term business opportunities as a
merchant banker. Its holdings include significant interests in Rogers
Sugar Income Fund and Canadian Hotel Income Properties Real Estate
Investment Trust (CHIP REIT), an integrated hotel real estate investment
trust focused on mid-market and upscale full-service hotels. CHIP REIT
currently owns or manages 38 hotels with approximately 8,400 rooms. The
Belkorp Group owns and operates four businesses in the pulp and paper
production industry: Newstech BC reprocesses 165,000 tonnes of used
newsprint annually at its ISO9002 production facilities in Coquitlam,
British Columbia, producing recycled pulp for the newsprint industry;
Wastech Services one of the largest privately-owned solid waste management
companies in British Columbia, handles approximately 600,000 tonnes per
annum of municipal waste at three transfer stations in Greater Vancouver
and operates a landfill at Cache Creek for the GVRD ; Belkin Paper Stock
brokers waste paper from suppliers in Western Canada and the U.S. to mills
which use recycled fiber. This company also has established a newsprint
roll splitting and rewinding operation in Coquitlam. Waste-Not Recycling and Disposal, located in Richmond, British Columbia, provides recycling and waste removal services
for the residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors of the Greater Vancouver, British Columbia region.

e) Director, Board of Trustees, Canadian Hotel Income Properties

f) Principal, GolfBC Properties: Kelowna: The Okanagan Golf Club, The Bear
at Okanagan Golf Club, The Quail at Okanagan Golf Club, Gallagher's Canyon
Golf & Country Club, The Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon Whistler:
Nicklaus North Golf Course & Crystal Lodge Furry Creek: Furry Creek Golf &
Country Club Vancouver: Mayfair Lakes (Richmond) & Burrard Golf & Tennis
(at Burrard & Alberni, Vancouver) Vancouver Island: Arbutus Ridge Golf &
Country Club (Cobble Hill) & Olympic View Golf Club (Victoria) Other
GolfBC properties: Burrard Golf & Tennis & The Crystal Lodge, Whistler

g) Principal, CRC Developments Ltd.( The company owns golf course
residential developments)

h) Principal, Gallagher's Canyon Land Development Ltd.

i) Nicklaus North, in Whistler, B.C. and Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island
are two examples of communities CRC has developed.

j) Currently in the planning stages is the development of a new community
at the Olympic View Golf Course in the Victoria area on Vancouver Island.

k) Goldenwood Townhouse Project, Whistler, BC.

l) member of the advisory board of the Asia Pacific Initiative in Vancouver

m) Director, B.C. Housing Management Corporation

n) Director, Land Planning Committee of the Loma Linda University
Development Corporation

Perhaps this is a good time to re-visit the $billion question:

6. The Toronto 2008 Bid: Connections or Coincidences?

-Li’s Concord Pacific's City Place is a 44-acre development site in
downtown Toronto, on which 5.5 million square feet of residential and
commercial space are to be built.

-Li Ka-shing reportedly also holds an exclusive right to use the CN Tower
for a period of 35 years (obtained for $2 billion CDN). Financier Robert
Fung, was appointed by Prime Minister (and former business partner) Jean
Chretien to Chair the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Task Force on
behalf of the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City
of Toronto. The new corporation was to involve construction of large-scale
infrastructure projects that would permanently improve Toronto's
waterfront, as well as support the city's bid for the 2008 Olympics.

-His report detailed a strategic business plan for the $12 billon renewal,
development and financing of Toronto's waterfront. Fung was afterward
appointed as Chair of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.

-Robert A. Fung is Deputy Chairman of Yorkton Financial Incorporated. From
1980 to 1997, he was the vice-chairman and a director of Gordon Capital

-Upon leaving Gordon Capital, he joined Capital West where he was a senior
partner. From 1967 to 1978, he was vice-president and a director of
Dominion Securities Limited with responsibilities for its investment
activities in Asia and the Middle East.

-He began his career in the investment industry in 1964 with Wood Gundy.
He is Chairman of Crystallex International Corporation, SMART Toronto as
well as a director of Canada's Export Development Corporation, Asia
Pacific Foundation of Canada, GLOBE Foundation of Canada, and StockHouse
Media Corporation.

-He was a member of the Prime Minister of Canada's Advisory Committee on
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, as well as a member of the Government
of Canada's Department of Industry International Trade and Agriculture
Team Canada Inc. Advisory Board, which provided advice to the Government
of Canada in setting strategic direction and performance objectives for
Canada's International Business Development.

-He was also deputy-chairman of high-tech brokerage Yorkton Securities Inc
and Executive Chairman of Crystallex International Corp.

-Fung's son Robert Jr. worked as a developer on Vancouver's False Creek
development with Concord Pacific Group Inc.

-Fung's university roommate, long-time friend Paul Martin, prime minister
in waiting, was a former senior executive with Power Corp. and
Consolidated Bathurst. Martin served as CEO of both CSL Inc. and Canada
Steamship Lines. Martin eventually purchased Canada Steamship Lines from
Power Corp. for $180 million.

7. Who benefits the most from the 2010 Winter Games and the associated
mega projects?

-Bombardier is highly represented on the Bid Corp and stands to pick up a
multi-billion contract for the proposed Vancouver/Richmond line.

-Original Bid Society Member, Arthur Griffiths, was Chair of Public
Consultation, Rapid Transit Project 2000, charged with the public-view
task of addressing our rapid transit needs.

Convention Centre:
-Bid Board Members are on the Convention Centre Expansion Task Force Chair
Peter Armstrong and Rick Antonson, Member & Spokesperson, Convention
Centre Expansion Task Force who are the ones that have told us how badly
we need the expansion, irrespective of the Winter Games.

-The three approved Convention Centre Expansion bidders were Concert
Properties, Concord Pacific and Marathon Realty.

-2010 Bid Board Members: Jack Poole, David Podmore and Ken Georgetti
proposed to build the Convention Centre, inclusive of a casino, almost a
decade ago.

Sea To Sky Highway upgrade:
-See the listed developments above along the highway.

8. The Bid and privatization:
-The 2010 Winter Games may or may not come to BC but the mega-projects
will, paid for by BC taxpayers.

-Once the infrastructure has been built how long will it be before the
assets will be privatized and handed over to the private sector for
'cost-saving measures'?

-Some further connections: The Bid Corp includes Larry Bell, who
established Urban Transit Authority (B.C. Transit), 1978; Responsible for
the Privatization - Housing Corp. of B.C. ('79), B.C. System Corp. ('82),
B.C. Hydro Gas ('88), B.C. Hydro Rail ('88) and was the Former Member of
Government of B.C. Public/ Private Partnership Task Force AND now Chair
and CEO, BC Hydro during the Accenture-privatization process.

-David McLean, Founding Chairman of Westech Information Systems, the
former information systems arm of B.C. Hydro, who led the company through
privatization from its parent company?

-Premier Campbell has just announced the need to privatize BC Rail and the
Games Bid Board includes: David McLean, Chair, CN Rail; Peter Armstrong,
President & CEO, Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd. And Rick Antonson,
Former Vice President of Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd.Or maybe,
Suzanne Denbak, "consultant with Price Waterhouse, specializing in
public/private partnerships in the hospitality industry".

9. NO GAMES 2010 Coaltion has released previous disclosures of conflicts
of interest in relation to the 2010 Olympic Bid. These previous
communications and the current one make clear the intimate connection
between special interests and the mega projects associated with the Games.
The citizens of BC who ignore this information will pay for their lack
of action with their tax dollars for decades to come.

10. The Olympic Bid is a scam of epic proportions. The time has come for
all citizens to ask questions and demand answers. The time has come for
members of the press to finally do their jobs.

July 6, 2008 8:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said #2 ...


By Charlie Smith

March 3, 2004

Deny, deny, deny. That pretty much sums up Premier Gordon Campbell's communications strategy concerning an RCMP investigation into two B.C. Liberal legislature officials for breach of trust.

In a stunning television sound bite, Campbell even suggested that the whole affair had nothing to do with his government.

This astonishing claim followed the release of a summary of search-warrant information. It explicitly stated that the investigation focused on whether or not offers were made and/or accepted "as consideration for cooperation, assistance or exercise of influence in connection with government business, including BC Rail".

Nobody has been charged with a criminal offence, and perhaps nobody will ever be charged. The search-warrant information states that no elected officials are targets of the investigation.

However, even if charges are laid, there is no guarantee that a criminal trial will shed any more light on the $1-billion sale of BC Rail shares to CN. In a criminal case, the Crown's only responsibility is to prove that the accused are guilty of specific offences beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused cannot be compelled to testify.

Only a broader public inquiry, in which a commissioner has subpoena powers and witnesses testify under oath, has any hope of ferreting out the truth about the decision to privatize BC Rail.

Consider the facts so far. Prior to the election, the premier told voters that he would not sell the Crown-owned railway. What led him to change his mind?

According to a fairness commissioner's report, some unsuccessful BC Rail bidders expressed concerns that information pertaining to their own interline agreements with BC Rail had been improperly or prematurely provided to CN.

One of the bidders, Canadian Pacific Railway, formally withdrew from the process after complaining about a "breach of fairness".

CN has contributed $150,000 to the B.C. Liberal party during Campbell's tenure as leader.

Meanwhile, a Crown corporation that manages public-sector pension funds, BC Investment Management Corp., owned $200 million in CN shares as of March 31, 2003.

CN chair David McLean, a Vancouver developer, has been a political supporter of the premier since Campbell was mayor of Vancouver in the 1980s and early 1990s.

McLean was previously chair of Concord Pacific, which also supported Campbell when he was mayor of Vancouver. Concord Pacific developed the north side of False Creek.

McLean also chaired the influential Vancouver Board of Trade in 1992 93 and supported Campbell's efforts to replace Gordon Wilson as leader of the B.C. Liberal party.

On November 25, the B.C. Liberal government announced in a news release that it had reached an agreement-in-principle with the District of Squamish to transfer 29 hectares of BC Rail land to the district.

According to the news release, prospective plans for the BC Rail site include developing a full-service marina, a passenger ferry terminal, and cruise berths.

The government also announced that CN will "facilitate" upgrading of the Sea-to-Sky Highway and ensure rail alternatives for the 2010 Winter Olympics. McLean was a director of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, which put together a successful bid to the International Olympic Committee.

The major provincial media continue focusing on the activities of political aides at the centre of the story. There has been little coverage of BC Rail's waterfront property in Squamish.

As the District of Squamish proceeds, there will be no shortage of developers wanting to exploit the potential. B.C.'s biggest players, such as Concert Properties and Concord Pacific, may find such an opportunity irresistible on the eve of the 2010 Olympics.

Executives with both companies were huge supporters of the Olympic bid. Concert Properties chairman Jack Poole is now chair of the organizing committee that is staging the 2010 Winter Games.

The IOC's endorsement last year set the stage for a real-estate boom along the Sea to Sky corridor.

So far, there is no evidence linking the privatization of BC Rail with the Olympic bid.

The premier had better hope this remains the case, because Vancouver will be hosting reporters from around the world in 2010. And it won't help B.C.'s image or the premier's reputation if the selloff of a Crown-owned railway becomes the big story of the games.

Anonymous Anonymous said #3 ...


For Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2003
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Transportation


SQUAMISH – The Province has approved an agreement-in-principle with the district of Squamish and Nexen Inc. to transfer 71 acres of BC Rail lands to the district, allowing the city to revitalize its downtown core and create opportunities for jobs and economic development, said Judith Reid, Minister of Transportation.

“As we move forward with the investment partnership, we’re committed to working with communities up and down the corridor to make BC Rail’s surplus lands available to meet their needs,” said Campbell. “Mayor Sutherland and the district have been strong advocates for the opportunities that the Nexen lands can provide. With the agreement we’ve reached today, the Province and the district are working together to make the downtown redevelopment a reality.”

“I’m pleased Squamish can benefit from the BC Rail investment partnership,” said Transportation Minister Judith Reid. “I see a great potential here to boost tourism and draw business into the downtown. With the approach of the 2010 Olympic games, this is going to be a great way for Squamish to showcase their community and prosper from the new job opportunities, tourism investment and new taxation revenue.”

As a key element of the agreement-in-principle, BC Rail will potentially divest the land forming a peninsula at the tip of Howe Sound in downtown Squamish.

“This agreement sets the foundation for Squamish to realize its economic potential as we prepare for the 2010 Olympic games,” said Mayor Ian Sutherland. “Revitalizing the downtown will attract business and investment opportunities and will prove to citizens, shoppers, tourists and even 2010 athletes that downtown Squamish is the heart of our community."

Nexen, one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, has leased the land from BC Rail since 1987 and has been a supportive and active participant in the transaction with Squamish. The site has not been in operation since 1991, as Nexen has been undertaking remediation activities. This cleanup is now complete, opening an opportunity for Squamish to take ownership of the land.

Prospective plans include developing a full-service marina; a passenger ferry terminal; cruise berths; and a working waterfront involving light industrial manufacturing and transportation.

West Vancouver-Garibaldi MLA Ted Nebbeling, noted that the reintroduction of passenger-tourist trains under the $1-billion BC Rail Investment Partnership will create even more opportunities for Squamish and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. BC Rail and CN are issuing a request for proposals today for passenger-tourist services from Vancouver through Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Lillooet to Prince George.

“Throughout this process, I’ve been working to make sure that the concerns of Squamish residents about job impacts are addressed,” said Nebbeling. “The downtown redevelopment, along with new passenger tourist trains made possible by the BC Rail partnership, will go a long way to creating more jobs and new opportunities for Squamish.”

Additional benefits include:
· CN will work with the Province to facilitate the upgrading of the Sea-to-Sky Highway and ensure rail alternatives for a successful 2010 Olympics.
· CN will begin paying municipal taxes. Based on current assessment levels, the District of Squamish would receive more than $650,000 compared with the current amount of $321,000 paid by BC Rail in lieu of taxes. The Resort Municipality of Whistler would receive $55,000, compared with the current amount of $27,000. And the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District would receive over $495,000, compared with the current amount of $56,000.

· In addition to the Nexen site, the Province will also negotiate with communities on the transfer of other non-railway lands currently held by BC Rail to help meet local needs.


Again, thanks to the generous Citizen Journalist who put this research together.

- BC Mary.

Steve Anderson
Communications Director
250 387-7787

Visit the province's Web site at for online information and services.

July 6, 2008 9:21 AM


Just one Big Happy incestuous family!
This is an amazing piece of work. There must be days involved here, or someone has a pretty good database. The dot connecting has nailed just about everyone involved. In more than one case.
It's a terrific contribution, isn't it?

I join your chorus, folks . . . an 'eye popper' of a map to the Cesspool of Campbell's 'Club' and their vested interests at the expense of British Columbians: read - US!. Many ah-huh flashes came forth as I read . . . more threads to your BIG woven picture, Mary.

Kudo's to 'anonymous' nailing these 3 comments and the detailed research linking tge 'dirty dots' the real estate hidden agenda to the BC Rail deal - right on the $$$$$$!!! Bring it on!!

Rah, rah, Mary for posting it ALL for our digestion. The feasting at the trough, at British Columbians' expense is about to end.

WHERE . . . pray tell, have the MSM been on these linkages? SHAME!
. . . Speaking of connecting "dots" . . . BCMary, there is another 'big blister'/"dot" in the Sea to Sky corridor . . . Could it be ready to burst along with all of the other dots?

My brain sparked and synapsed as I digested the 3 masterful comments posted by Anonymous, linking Campbell's gang to REAL ESTATE/BC RAIL & the key link in their game: the VANOC: "RE: Plundering BC: Olympics, The Bid Corp, and Special Interests". . . BINGO . . . . a light went on . . . .

Mary, do you recall the international ski resort planned for the Callaghan Valley/Powder Mtn. area that has been in the news over the years?

As I remember,the winning proponent from the BC Govt's legal proposal call for this world class resort, was a BC company owned by a mother & daughter. After the company won the rights to build the ski resort in the Callaghan Valley, there was a stream of coverage in the MSmedia from the scandal after the sudden derailment of the company's rights by former Premier VanderZalm for a friend; apparently also involving some senior, land bureaucrats and their pals. There were many high profile political names involved in the scandal. Why is this the only big ski resort being blocked?

I'd read that the company has Canadian Champion Downhiller & Crazy Canuck, Todd Brooker involved; requested no taxpayers $$$$ - (how refreshing ); and that the winner had gone 'by the book' with due process, wading through tons of Govt. red tape, finally succeeding only to be shoved out of their position, when the Zalm hit the Prem's office leaving a wake of destruction & scandal in his path. Wasn't the guy forced out of Office????

What happened to the winning proponent's ski resort?

Recently, new information suddenly surfaced on this lengthy scandal in some newspaper articles. It was
reported that the original proponents have never given up fighting a battle for their rights against alleged govt. corruption at the highest levels. I read stories in both "Business in Vancouver" and the "Whistler Pique" a few months ago, reporting new, somewhat shocking, information on this case which involves VANOC and their Callaghan Valley Nordic Venue. (BTW: Where are the MSM media? None of the Sun/Province big, past articles on this scandal are available, since Canwest bought these papers they sanitized the archives of all their papers. Guess it doesn't fit the agenda LOL)

The articles said that the RCMP had been involved in an investigation on this ski resort scandal, at the same time that Concert Properties led Bid Committee in preparing to submit their bid to the IOC in Prague - but was suddenly stopped - hmmmmm; that the RCMP had reopened the file in 2007, with new conflict of interest allegations linking big GOVT./VANOC "players!".

I'll try to find the articles on the net & post them . . unless you and your detective team beats me to it! LOL

Didn't the proponent's 'derailment'' happen at the same time (1986/87)as Premier Zalm orchestrated the sweet Expo land deal with Li Ka-Shing, as was detailed in the posted comments?

As you allude to in your intro, Mary, the Bid 'bunch morphed into VANOC; with Poole/ Podmore (read: Concert Properties) at the helm 'pooled' with Campbell's club members in key positions on the Board & various Committees; as Anonymous detailed.

I recall, a big Natonal CTV story, I believe by Terry Milewski, which focused on this ski resort scandal and the alleged misconduct, alluding to the real estate aspects/ramifications lurking with the 2010 Olympic Bid interests.

Wow - does the scenario of this scandal ring true to what was just posted by Anonymous????? It seems to fit like a glove.

Anonymous further posted:

"As the District of Squamish proceeds, there will be no shortage of developers wanting to exploit the potential. B.C.'s biggest players, such as Concert Properties and Concord Pacific, may find such an opportunity irresistible on the eve of the 2010 Olympics.

Executives with both companies were huge supporters of the Olympic bid. Concert Properties chairman Jack Poole is now chair of the organizing committee that is staging the 2010 Winter Games."

After reading the 3 comments with the players etc., I started pondering:

Is it a coincidence that the Callaghan Valley is the location where VANOC mucky mucks, with the help of BC Govt. land bureaucrats, chose to plunk the most costly of all taxpayer funded Venues: the Nordic Venue and Legacy trails - cost overruns and all? WHO is benefiting here?

If the ski resort had not been derailed through political shenanigans wouldn't the taxpayers have saved millions of $$$$ in the Callaghan Valley? Wouldn't it have been a huge asset if all things were kosher???? What's going on here?

So as the Raid on the Leg/BC Rail scandal unfolds, along with all of the other dirty 'deals' carried out behind closed doors . . . the name of the game with the insiders at the Campbell 'Club' is: 'Let's just keep it all in the Family!'

E.g. a quote from the BCIT website:

"During the bid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, David Podmore, Concert Properties, led the Venue Development team through preliminary planning for more than $600 million in new infrastructure. He also volunteered his personal time to chair the successful Vote Yes Campaign urging Vancouver voters to support the Bid in a plebiscite. (Hmmmmm - nothing like "volunteering one's time to assist one's company's vested interests - The 3 comments above say that Concert bid on venues?!!!! Something smells in Denmark . . .

Recent media articles on lobbyist scandals have reported that Premier Campbell's former Dep. Min, Ken Dobell, sits on VANOC, THE LEGACIES NOW COMMITTEE, which would include the Callaghan Valley Nordic Venue, along with many other fingers in many other pies . . . what an incestuous mess.

"Dots, dots, B.C. dots to connect . . ." it's all coming into focus for a lot of us.

Thanks for your huge diligent work here, BC Mary - you have created a vortex of powerful information.
just keep putting the dots together know have a look at: New Sea-to-Sky Housing Development

The Sea-to-Sky corridor will be seeing more residential development in the next few years as the Squamish Nation recently exercised an option to buy a large parcel of land near Porteau Cove on which it plans to build 1,000 homes.

The property deal was part of a land-swap negotiated by BC Rail, the provincial government and the Squamish Nation.

A master planned community by Concord Pacific and The Squamish Nation.

The Porteau Cove Development is located South of Porteau Cove Provincial Park overlooking beautiful Howe Sound on the Sea To Sky corridor. The site is approximately 1,177 acres in size and is bisected by the Sea To Sky highway.

an article below from the may connect a few more dots.

May 31, 2007

Developers are the Games’ real winners
By Donald Gutstein

A former developer himself, Premier Gordon Campbell holds the purse strings to an Olympic-size sweepstakes payout.

The 2010 Olympics were still a gleam in Jack Poole's eye when he addressed a roomful of real-estate developers in the spring of 2002. Vancouver had been shortlisted for the Games, but it would be more than a year until the winning city was chosen.

The outcome of the race to win the Games didn't seem to matter to Poole, who headed the 2010 Vancouver Bid Corporation. Western Investor editor Frank O'Brien sat in on the talk and later editorialized that, according to Poole, "the real purpose of the 2010 Olympic bid is to seduce the provincial and federal governments and long-suffering taxpayers into footing a billion-dollar bill to pave the path for future real estate sales."

Indeed this was Poole's opinion. "If the Olympic bid wasn't happening," he told the developers, "we would have to invent something." Long-time developer Poole had it right. The Olympics are about real estate.

To make his case, Poole could point to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. A Sports Illustrated exposé of these Games described how a blizzard of federal money–$1.5 billion–enriched already wealthy developers and ski-resort owners.

B.C. premier Gordon Campbell knows well how taxpayers subsidize developers. As executive assistant to Vancouver mayor Art Phillips in the 1970s, he was involved in the lengthy negotiations between the city and real-estate giant Marathon Realty regarding the fate of the company's massive land holdings on the north side of False Creek.

The Phillips-led council rezoned the land from industrial to comprehensive development, boosting its value enormously.

Campbell left City Hall to become a development officer for Marathon Realty. Campbell and Marathon decided not to proceed with the development because the economy was tanking. The Bill Bennett government conveniently came forward with plans for a stadium. Campbell was all smiles when he announced that Marathon would be glad to sell the land to the province at a good price. It was still worth three times as much as its value before the city rezoning.

Campbell moved on once again. This time he started his own development company and bought several properties across the street from the stadium location. He boasted that he got the property at a rock-bottom price before others became aware of what the stadium would do to land values. He built a hotel that was completed at about the same time as the stadium.

Twenty years later, Campbell holds the Olympic purse strings, and as Poole pointed out, it's payday for developers.

Some developers benefited handsomely from taxpayer investment in the $2-billion Canada Line and the $800-million Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion. But the main vehicle for creating developer wealth is the $2-billion (including future debt-servicing costs) investment for traffic improvements between Vancouver and Whistler. True, some of this money would be spent on the Sea-to-Sky Highway even if there were no Olympics. But this work was fast-tracked, meaning that projects in other B.C. regions were shelved.

In urban land economics, they say that the purpose of transportation is to connect land uses and make them more accessible and valuable. Think of the boom in real-estate values in Vancouver's Main-Cambie corridor after the taxpayer-financed Cambie Street Bridge went in.

During 2002, as Poole and the bid corporation prepared their final proposal, the provincial government was studying various options for improving the link between Vancouver and Squamish. As well as looking at major upgrades to the existing highway, the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Highways reviewed possible routes through the Capilano, Seymour, and Indian river valleys. These alternatives would cost more–from 50 percent to 100 percent more–but the result would be a safer, faster ride.

But these alternative routes went largely over Crown land. How could they help future real-estate sales?

The ministry evaluated all aspects of the routes. One factor leapt off the page: "developable land accessed". Upgrading 99 North was ranked five out of five for this factor, with five being the best, or the most. The other options received a score of one out of five.

One area with great "developable land" potential was Britannia Beach, but its ownership was in limbo. West Vancouver investors purchased the Britannia Mine site and 4,000 surrounding hectares in 1989. They struggled from one failed attempt to another to find a way to clean up the site and turn a profit.

Then along came the Olympics, and Britannia Beach's fortunes changed overnight. Vancouver developer Rob Macdonald came out the big winner. He's a strong Gordon Campbell supporter, having donated nearly $100,000 to the Liberals since they won the 2001 election. Macdonald purchased the offshore company that held a mortgage on the property and pushed for a speedy resolution of the ownership situation. A month after Vancouver was awarded the Games and the Campbell government chose the Sea-to-Sky Highway route, the B.C. Supreme Court turned the property over to Macdonald for an undisclosed amount.

If the Vancouver-Squamish connection had gone inland, Macdonald's newly acquired property would be worthless. Instead, the highway would go right by his front door.

Macdonald donated more than 90 percent of the land to the province. This was steep slopes that were useless for development and contained "some of the most contaminated land in North America", according to then–Sierra Legal Defence researcher Mitch Anderson. Let the taxpayers assume responsibility for the cleanup. Macdonald also agreed to contribute a levy of $1.75 million toward remedial work.

Macdonald kept 202 hectares of high-value land for residential and commercial development. He would get further assistance from taxpayers in the form of $27 million for a plant to treat polluted water from the mine, another $99 million for the province to clean up contamination of the lands it got from Macdonald, and millions more from Natural Resources Canada for a visitor centre and mining museum, boosting the value of Macdonald's commercial property.

The Squamish First Nation was another big winner in the Jack Poole sweepstakes. In a complicated land swap in 2000, the First Nation ended up with an option to buy land from BC Rail at Porteau Cove in order to create a new reserve and build houses for band members. This had nothing to do with Olympics or highway improvements.

Porteau Cove is one of the very few developable sites between Vancouver and Squamish, a 500-hectare strip on the shores of Howe Sound running south from Porteau Cove Provincial Park to Deek's Creek.

Developers eyed this land for decades, but it was owned by BC Rail and not for sale. Then along came the Olympics with their highway upgrade, and the land skyrocketed in value. It was now too valuable for band housing. In 2004, the band exercised its option to purchase the land for a reported $12 million. It then signed a deal with Concord Pacific Developments to develop 1,400 homes. Interestingly, two former chairs of Concord Pacific were among the developers on the board of the 2010 bid corporation, along with Poole.

The lots are marketed as being just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver via the new Sea-to-Sky Highway. If the venture earns just $50,000 for each lot, after putting in roads, sewers, water lines, and public amenities, that's still a profit of about $58 million to be split between the band and the developer. For its part, the band says it plans to invest the profits in housing and job creation for band members–elsewhere, of course. In Concord Pacific's case, some of the profits will likely flow back to its Hong Kong owners.

Meanwhile, up in Squamish, former UBC president David Strangway's dream for Canada's first privately owned secular university would likely still be languishing on the drawing board without the Olympics and the Sea-to-Sky Highway improvements.

When the decision to award the Games to Vancouver was announced, university project leader Peter Ufford said it "will help us in marketing the location of the university", adding that "it will help us with our real-estate sales." Because the university's business plan depends on selling 960 units of market housing, this was good news indeed. To some extent, Ufford could thank his own efforts. He was yet one more marketer on the board of the 2010 bid corporation. He was also a governor of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

In less than a year, Ufford sold the first 19-hectare parcel to a local developer to build and sell 200 housing units. With building lots listing for $290,000 and houses ranging in price from $430,000 to $1.2 million in the immediate vicinity, that's a big boost to the university's fortunes.

Strangway says the university is being built without public money. If he means no public money has been invested directly in the construction of the university, he's probably right. But, like that of Macdonald at Britannia Beach and the Squamish First Nation and Concord Pacific at Porteau Cove, his land would be worth a lot less without the support of B.C.'s long-suffering taxpayers.
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Anonymous 10:31,

Your link didn't work properly for me but by accessing only the introductory Turtle Island segment I believe that the discussion is focused entirely on Residential Schools and the many issues arising from that.

Nice-looking format and good discussion ... but for us at The Legislature Raids (a HUGE topic in itself) it would mean branching off down a side-road and, right now, we desperately need to stay focused on the upcoming trial.

I hope you'll stay with us as we get this particular sorry piece of B.C. history figured out.

THE link I gave you must be faulty because there is lots of discussion about BC rail for instance. Please review this item.

Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:10 am Post subject: UBCIC Critical of Proposed merger of BC Rail with CN Rail
Sheridan Scott
Commissioner of Competition
Competition Bureau, Industry Canada
21st Floor, 50 Victoria Street
Hull, Quebec K1A 0C9
Facsimile: (819) 953-5013

April 23, 2004

Attention: Sheridan Scott, Commissioner of Competition

Dear Commissioner Scott:

Re: Proposed merger of BC Rail with CN Rail

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is concerned that the province
of B.C. may have willfully mislead or withheld information from the
Competition Bureau regarding the proposed merger of BC Rail and CN Rail.

Instead of meaningfully addressing its fiduciary legal obligations to
Indigenous Peoples, the government of B.C. has engaged in fraud and
deceit: details of the deal between B.C. and CN Rail (the
“Revitalization Agreement”) were kept secret, while the province gave
assurances that no Aboriginal Title or Rights would be impacted by the
Agreement. These assurances are blatant lies. Recently leaked portions
of the Revitalization Agreement indicate that the Agreement is for up to
a period of 900 years, and that B.C. may transfer Crown Lands (where
Aboriginal Title continues to exist and has not been ceded or otherwise
addressed) to CN Rail for $1.00 (one dollar).

We wish to draw your urgent attention to information that the
Competition Bureau is bound to consider in rendering a decision on
whether or not to approve the proposed merger (de facto sale) of BC Rail
and CN Rail:

a) Aboriginal Title and Rights exist along the BC Rail corridor, and are
constitutionally protected under s. 35(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982;

b) The BC Rail line and other operations run directly through the
reserve lands of twenty-five Indigenous communities in British Columbia;

c) The province of B.C. has legal fiduciary obligations to meaningfully
consult with Aboriginal Peoples prior to undertaking or authorizing land
transactions that will impact Aboriginal Title and Rights;

d) Indigenous Peoples and communities along the BC Rail corridor will be
severely and negatively impacted by this transaction;

e) The province of B.C. has not meaningfully consulted with Aboriginal
Peoples about the proposed merger (sale) of BC Rail to CN Rail, and
instead has engaged in fraud and deceit with the aim of withholding the
details of the agreement, and its full impact, from Indigenous Peoples;

f) The province of B.C. is not in a legal position to enter or complete
this transaction without engaging in good faith consultations with
Indigenous Peoples.

Below, we set out further information regarding governments’ legal
obligations to Indigenous Peoples, and why we believe the Competition
Bureau must consider these facts prior to rendering a decision.

A. Aboriginal Title and Rights and Lack of Meaningful Consultation

The BC Rail corridor and rail bed are on Aboriginal Title Lands, and
it’s operations impact Aboriginal Rights. Both Canada and the province
of B.C. have fiduciary obligations to Indigenous Peoples regarding
Aboriginal Title and Rights in the BC Rail corridor which have not been

The province alleges that there are no Aboriginal Title or Rights issues
raised by this transaction, and therefore no duty to consult with, nor
to meaningfully address and accommodate Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

The province argues that there is no need to consult about the BCR/CNR
transfer because there is no “new” interest being created, merely the
continuation of an existing use. This is not a legally correct position.
The long-term lease (for a period of up to 900 years) transfers
effective ownership and control of the rail bed and rail line from B.C.
to CN Rail, and a transfer of this magnitude triggers a legal obligation
to consult. Any purported transfer of Aboriginal Title lands requires
the consent of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous communities who live alongside the BC Rail line have their
rights impacted daily, the building and on-going operation of the rail
line continue to impact upon Aboriginal Title and Rights and the use
that Indigenous Peoples can make of Aboriginal Title lands. A transfer
of effective ownership and operation of BC Rail from the provincial
Crown to a private corporation engages issues relating to fiduciary
obligations over the ongoing operation. Indigenous communities along the
BC Rail corridor adamantly oppose the transfer on their assessment that
this transfer will result in the violation of their Aboriginal Title and
Rights. This Indigenous opposition has been ignored, at the same time
that the Aboriginal Title and Rights impacts of this transfer have been

The Supreme Court of Canada has interpreted the constitutional
protection afforded to Indigenous Peoples rights under s. 35(1) of the
Constitution Act, 1982 and has said that meaningful and good faith
consultation is required where governments take actions that will impact
upon Aboriginal Title and Rights: Delgamuukw v. B.C.[1] The
Supreme Court has also said that Aboriginal Title includes the right to
choose to what uses these lands can be put. Where a transaction will
significantly impact the Aboriginal Title of Indigenous Peoples, as this
transaction will do, the consent of Indigenous Peoples is required.

In Haida Nation v. Weyerhaeuser,[2] the Haida Nation challenged the transfer and renewal of an existing Tree Farm Licence. The B.C.
Court of Appeal held that there was an enforceable consultation duty on
transfers or renewals of existing interests if they might impact upon
Aboriginal Title or Rights. The Haida and Taku River Tlingit v.
Ringstad[3] cases clearly found a consultation duty on government prior to the proof of Aboriginal Title and Rights in court. Subsequent to the Haida and Taku decisions, the issue of whether government can approve transfers of corporations, without consultation, where Aboriginal Title and Rights will be impacted was considered in Gitksan and other First Nations v. B.C. (Minister of Forests),[4] where the B.C. Supreme Court ordered government to engage in good faith consultations with the aim of seeking “workable accommodations” of the Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

There has been no consultation with Indigenous Peoples. Instead, the
province has acted in bad faith by keeping the details of this Agreement
secret from Indigenous Peoples.

B. Interests in Reserve Lands

Where BC Rail operates on rights-of-way running through reserve lands
there are significant questions regarding the legality of B.C.’s
proposed transfer or long-term lease of these rights-of-way. The wording
of the right-of-way grants may prevent this transfer of effective
control and usage. The federal government must approve these transfers
as they hold reserve lands in trust for Indigenous Peoples, and the
consent of Indigenous Peoples is required.

As the full contents of the Revitalization Agreement have been kept
secret we cannot comment on the full impact, but it is likely that
conditions of the grants creating the province’s rights-of-way may
prevent a transfer of the nature contemplated by the Revitalization
Agreement. This issue affects interests in reserve lands, directly
engages federal fiduciary obligations, and must be addressed prior to
approval by the Competition Bureau.

C. Competition Bureau’s Legal Obligation to Consider government’s
failure to consult:

The UBCIC is concerned that the province of B.C. may have mislead the
Competition Bureau by claiming an exclusive right to transfer its
interests in BC Rail without first addressing the constitutionally
protected rights of Indigenous Peoples. In making the decision of
whether or not to approve the merger (transfer) of BC Rail to CN Rail
the Competition Bureau is under an obligation to inquire into the full
extent of governments’ consultations with Indigenous Peoples.

The Supreme Court of Canada has found that federally-created tribunals
must consider whether or not government has fulfilled their fiduciary
legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples in rendering their decisions. In
Quebec (A.G.) and Grand Council of the Crees v. Canada (N.E.B.)[5]
<#_ftn5> the Supreme Court said that the National Energy Board “must
exercise its decision-making function, including the interpretation and
application of its governing legislation, in accordance with the
dictates of the Constitution, including s. 35(1) of the Constitution
Act, 1982.”

The constitutional rights of Indigenous Peoples must be addressed. In
the absence of evidence of consultation this transaction cannot be
approved. There has been no consultation; Instead, the province of B.C.
willfully mislead and lied to Indigenous Peoples about this transaction.

The Competition Bureau must be mindful of existing constitutional rights
and consider the privatization deal from the perspective of the impact
that it will have on Aboriginal Title and Rights. Absent proof of
government’s fulfillment of its legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples,
this merger (transfer) cannot be approved.

D. Recommendations:

The UBCIC recommends that:

1) The Competition Bureau require both the federal and provincial
governments to show evidence that they fully and meaningfully consulted
with Indigenous Peoples about the impact of this Agreement on Aboriginal
Title, Rights and interests in reserve lands including a full and complete disclosure of the details of the transactions, so that Indigenous Peoples can fully assess its impact;

2) The Competition Bureau advise the province that it considers the
application incomplete absent evidence of full, meaningful, and good
faith consultations with Indigenous Peoples, including a full disclosure
of all details of the agreement; and

3) That the Competition Bureau undertake a full public inquiry about
this matter, or request that the Competition Tribunal do so. Hearings
should be held in the Indigenous communities along the BC Rail corridor
whose Aboriginal Title, Rights and interests in reserves lands will be
directly and significantly affected.

The Competition Bureau is under a legal duty to refuse to approve this
transaction absent evidence that the federal and provincial governments
have fulfilled their fiduciary obligation to consult with Indigenous
Peoples. That consultation has not occurred. We urge the Competition
Bureau to hold the federal and provincial governments to account for
their failure to address the Aboriginal Title and Rights impacted by the
BC Rail/CN Rail deal.

We look forward to hearing from you how the Competition Bureau is
considering and addressing the constitutional rights of Indigenous
Peoples in its assessment of the BC Rail/CN Rail transaction. We would
be pleased to provide you with further information if this would be of

Yours truly,

Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

[Original signed by Chief Stewart Phillip]

Chief Stewart Phillip

C.C.: Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ Chiefs Council

First Nations Summit, Task Group

Vice-Chief Shawn Atleo, Assembly of First Nations, BC Region

National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa

Honourable Lucienne Robillard
Minister of Industry
11th Floor, CD Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5 Facsimile: (613) 992-0302

Competition Tribunal
Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building
90 Sparks Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5B4 Facsimile: (613) 957-3170
Good old Google . . . found the newspaper articles on the net. I'll post them separately, Mary, for connecting 'Dots' as reported:

Rereading the detail,I ended up 'boggled' thinking/questioning all the 'dots':

hmmmm . . . the named "players" took on new meaning with all we are learning in the BC Raid on the Leg/BC Rail scandal and in the slew of conflict of interests, apparently involved in the Callaghan Valley/Powder Mtn. ski resort 'derailment'; certainly all in context with the Anonymous comments surrounding insider dealings and WHO is connected to WHOM in the BC Govt. and VANOC - sick!

- a former AG lawyer linked to the proponent's case? . . . what was his involvement in the Ministry of Lands then & now?

- several highly placed BC Govt. land bureaucrats/former ski coordinator named? - what were their roles back when the proponent won the rights to the ski resort now directly involved with the Callaghan Valley?

- the private Nordic ski operator, Brad Sills? How & WHO in Govt. allowed this private interest into the Callaghan V. in the midst of all the litigation, as he cheered on the Nordic Venue . . . in a position to directly benefit from Millions of taxpayers $$$$$$ funneled into the Nordic Venue in the Callaghan along with all of the taxpayer funded Legacy trails????? Was there ever a proposal call for Nordic skiing in the Callaghan????? This was stunning info!!! Games indeed!

- and none other than former Premier VanderZalm Dep. Minister, David Emerson, the Fed. Minister responsible for the Olympics who worked closely with VANOC, up until a few days ago until he was named in the Kinsella (chief Campbell strategist - huh!) ongoing lobbyist scandal????. . . what was his role in this scandal?

Oh man, what 'powder keg' of information do the RCMP sit on?!!

What is the real story here? What do the Powder Mountain Resorts proponents know to persist this long????? Oh to be in their minds . . .

. . . and once again, where is the MSM . . . oh yes, they are now sponsors of VANOC'S! lol.

Business in Vancouver August 14-20, 2007; Issue 929

Powder Mountain ski resort controversy exhumed in lead-up to 2010 Olympics - West Vancouver mother/daughter duo hoping RCMP investigation will get to bottom of Callaghan Valley dispute

2010 Gold Rush
130 weeks until opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics

An Expo 86-era scandal may live again on the road to 2010.

The RCMP is reviewing new evidence surrounding the aborted Powder Mountain ski resort in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler.

Proponents Nan and Dianne Hartwick, a mother-daughter West Vancouver duo, hope RCMP will investigate how and why the Callaghan is becoming a $120 million, taxpayer-funded Nordic sports venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

RCMP Commercial Crimes Insp. Kevin deBruyckere confirmed that a review is underway to determine whether to launch an investigation.

“We’re going to the wall on this,” said Dianne Hartwick, “because we know that project was stolen from us.”

Hartwick-owned Powder Mountain Resorts won a 1985 public call for proposals and gained approval in principle from government. Forests and Lands Minister Jack Kempf claimed Premier Bill Vander Zalm told him in 1987 to “cease and desist” with the Hartwicks and favour Callaghan Resorts Inc., which was backed by ex-Social Credit attorney general Les Peterson.

The B.C. Court of Appeal refused to overturn the B.C. Supreme Court’s 1999 dismissal of the Hartwicks’ breach of contract and abuse of office lawsuit. A special prosecutor’s criminal investigation was halted in 2003, just three weeks before Vancouver was elected 2010 host at the International Olympic Committee session in Prague. Because of insufficient evidence, no charges were laid.

The Hartwicks had visions of the Callaghan Valley becoming the sequel to Whistler. It’s remained an under-promoted playground for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Brad Sills’ Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures opened a Nordic lodge there in 1998, just in time for the Canadian Olympic Committee’s selection of the Vancouver-Whistler bid over proposals from Calgary and Quebec City. Sills was an early campaigner for Olympic ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon and Nordic combined to be held in the Callaghan.

Critics said West Vancouver’s Cypress Bowl could’ve been 2010’s temporary Nordic site for much less. The Callaghan won’t displace Calgary as the national training centre, but it could someday be what Cypress can’t be: a four-season destination resort with all the amenities enjoyed up the road in Whistler. The Hartwicks haven’t given up their dream. They claim backing from 75 private investors. Former Olympic downhill skier Todd Brooker is their vice-president of resort development. “We’re not against the Olympics; we’re against what has happened,” Dianne Hartwick said.

Where are they now

Who were the players in the Powder Mountain saga in the 1980s and where are they now?

Nan and Dianne Hartwick: Then: mother and daughter duo active in real estate with Social Credit party connections. Had provincial government approval to turn Powder Mountain in the Callaghan Valley into a ski resort until Premier Bill Vander Zalm intervened on behalf of a former attorney general. Now: still trying.

Bill Vander Zalm: Then: Social Credit B.C. premier from 1986 to 1991. Resigned after Fantasy Gardens conflict of interest affair. Now: retired.

Jack Kempf: Then: maverick Social Credit MLA for Omineca. Appointed lands minister by then-premier Bill Bennett in 1986 and assumed the same role in Vander Zalm’s cabinet until he was fired in 1987 over a travel expenses scandal. Died July 1, 2003.

David Emerson: Then: Vander Zalm’s deputy minister. Now: federal Conservative minister responsible for the 2010 Games.

Colin McIver: Then: attorney general’s ministry lawyer. Now: partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain. Represented VANOC in Callaghan Valley Nordic venue development.

Jack Hall: Then: Burnaby regional land office director. Later became vice-president of development and marketing for Land and Water B.C., the lead agency providing Crown land and water resources to VANOC. Now: director of Property Assessment Appeal Board and Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

George McKay: Then: was alpine ski development project manager for LWBC predecessor B.C. Assets and Lands Corporation in 1990s. Became director of the Callaghan Valley Master Plan during 2010 bid stage. Now: VANOC's director of environmental approvals. Also listed in B.C. Government Directory as tourism ministry's manager of special projects.
WOWser ... !

Anonymous 12:22, thank you for your patience, thank you for your contribution!

Holy jumpin' ... now what do we do?? First off, I'm going to put your contribution up on the main page so that nobody misses seeing it.

And thanks, thanks again!

August 24/07 article from the Whistler Pique:

RCMP reviewing Callaghan Valley dispute, again
Powder Mountain Resorts hopes investigation will uncover past conflicts of interest, revive ski resort plans
By Andrew Mitchell

The proponents of Powder Mountain Resorts got a boost last week with confirmation that the RCMP is reviewing the facts of their case with an eye toward reopening an investigation into how their resort proposal was quashed 20 years ago.

Several other recreation tenures in the Callaghan Valley — site of the Nordic Centre for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games — have since been awarded.

Business in Vancouver magazine reported the newest developments last week, and according to Nan Hartwick — who co-owns Powder Mountain Resorts with daughter Dianne — the possibility of a new investigation was welcome news.

"This is the third time that the RCMP have taken up this investigation, but this time, because of all the terrible conflicts of interest everywhere, we think this is something that should move ahead," she said. "We went through three different public proposal calls until we won the third one clearly. Now our lawyer is joining us for a meeting with the new provincial ombudsman to give him our information, and all the proven details. We haven't spent 20-some-odd years for nothing."

At the heart of the Hartwicks' complaint is the province's decision to award development rights to Callaghan Resorts in 1987, two years after Powder Mountain Resorts was the sole company to answer a request for proposal process to develop the area. According to Nan Hartwick the Forest Minister was about to approve their application when it was quashed by cabinet.

The province said they quashed the Powder Mountain proposal over doubts that the Hartwicks had sufficient financial backing, which Hartwick says was not the case. At the time they had more than 75 investors behind them, all of which continue to back Powder Mountain to this day.

Instead, the Hartwicks allege that cronyism was at play, and that then-Premier Bill Vander Zalm intervened on behalf of a friend who was involved in Callaghan Resorts.

What has followed is more than 20 years of legal wrangling, lawsuits and appeals that have so far been unsuccessful. During that period the province has issued several land use tenures in the Callaghan Valley — including Callaghan Country, Powder Mountain Catskiing and Canadian Snowmobile Adventures — and aided in the establishment of the Whistler Nordic Centre as a venue for the 2010 Games. All of it is illegal, according to Nan Hartwick, who asserts that Powder Mountain had an agreement in principle with the province.

"It's very important to repeat that we are not against the Olympics," she said. "We do think it's important for taxpayers to know that we never did ask for any government money, and we could have saved millions of dollars that were spent illegally in the Lower Callaghan Valley. We had the rights from the government, in documentation, to develop the entire valley, and still hold those rights."

Hartwick believes that her resort could have hosted some of the Nordic events on privately funded facilities, or that the events could have been hosted far more easily at Cypress Mountain.

She says the review will reveal that some of the same people who were involved in quashing her proposal in the 1980s are currently involved in the development of the Callaghan. If they can prove that conflict of interest as well as allegations of cronyism, Hartwick believes it will be a short leap to have the Powder Mountain Resorts' proposal for the area reinstated.

"We don't need another lawsuit, it's the commercial crime group of the RCMP that's working on this investigation," said Hartwick. "They're going over everything, the entire history and everything that has happened. We're counting on them to be able to prove what we know and have known for many, many years."

A previous criminal investigation by the RCMP was closed in 2000, shortly after the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed a lawsuit for $5 million against Callaghan Resorts and others the Hartwicks allege were behind the decision to quash their resort proposal. Following the lost appeal, they applied to have their case heard at the Supreme Court of Canada — a process that is still ongoing.

Hartwick said the RCMP's decision to re-open the case is based on new evidence of conflict of interest.
The P3 Files: Privatization, Profit and Porkchopping (Will Offley)
July / August 2004 Issue

“It’s just the old tired attitude that if you believe in labour or social democracy, you have to be against capital and profits. We can use pension income to create jobs, union jobs, that pay a fair rate and get a fair return. We can make a profit … but … without exploiting people.” Canadian Labour Congress President (and Concert Properties Director) Ken Georgetti, quoted in “The Hard-Hat Capitalists”, Vancouver Sun, May 14, 1988.
What is Concert Properties?
Concert Properties is a big business. Between 1989 and 1999 it built 80 per cent of the rental housing constructed in Vancouver. With an asset base of $450 million in 2000, it’s now the largest developer of rental housing in Western Canada. Not bad for an enterprise completely controlled by the labour movement. Concert, and its companion enterprise Concert Real Estate Inc., constitute one of the more visible examples of “worker capitalism”, a phenomenon that had its inception in the 1980s and is now flourishing across Canada.

Concert Properties was created in the late 1980s largely at the instigation of the then-president of the Telecommunication Workers’ Union, Bill Clark. Clark spearheaded a process that led to twenty union pension plans pooling $30 million of their own funds to provide the initial capitalization to get the company up and running.

Throughout its existence, Concert has been completely controlled by the trade union bureaucracy and its current board of directors continues that tradition. Of 17 directors, 12 are current or retired union full-timers: Ken Georgetti (President, Canadian Labour Congress); Jack Allard (retired Secretary-Treasurer, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518); Nancy Curley (Alternate Business Agent, TWU); Gerry Forcier (Trustee, Pipefitters Local 170 Pension Plan); Dave Haggard (President, IWA-Canada); Leif Hansen (retired Vice-President and Director of Operations, UFCW Local 247); ·Rod Hiebert (President, TWU); Don McGill (Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 213); Charles Peck (Chair, Health and Welfare Pension Plan, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213); David Schaub (National Representative, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union); Randy Smith (President, Carpenters Union Local 1995); Anthony Tennessy (retired President, Operating Engineers Local 115); and Bryan Wall (Consultant, UFCW Pension Plan).

As this list makes obvious, the labour bureaucracy has voting control over Concert Properties, which leads to two very uncomfortable questions: Why is Concert Properties a member of Canada’s largest and most powerful P3 lobby groups, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships? Why did Concert Properties donate more than $16,000 to the Liberal Party of British Columbia last year?Public-Private Partnerships

A visit to the web site of the Canadian Council on Public-Private Partnerships is a real journey of discovery. Virtually every major privatizer is there. Its executive is stuffed with Richmond-Airport-Vancouver rapid transit line (RAV) bidders, including Bombardier, SNC Lavalin and the Macquarie Group (which produced a key report arguing in favour of RAV). Its annual conferences bring together all the biggest corporate and political players in the rush to privatize public services. All one has to do to appreciate the political weight the CCPPP has to throw around in regard to privatization is to look at the politicians who have addressed its conferences over the years: Federal cabinet ministers like David Dingwall, Donald MacDonald, Doug Young, David Collenette and Lucienne Robillard. Provincial Premiers like Gordon Campbell, Ralph Klein, Brian Tobin, Frank McKenna, Roy Romanow (twice), Bob Rae (twice), and more provincial cabinet ministers than can comfortably fit here.

Concert Properties pays $600 yearly in membership fees to be a corporate member of CCPPP, joining the ranks of some of the largest and most notorious privateers in the world, including Aramark, Sodexho and the Compass Group, all of which have been central to BC Premier Gordon Campbell’s firing of thousands of Hospital Employees Union members and contracting out their jobs at minimum-wage levels. Not only is Concert a corporate member, but it also enjoys a more direct connection in the person of former Operating Engineer leader Tony Tennessy, who has served both on the Board of Concert and on the Board of the CCPPP as well.

The Liberal Connection
Concert’s directors are no strangers to Liberal politics. In 2000 Concert President David Podmore donated $1,000 to the B.C. Liberal Party. In 2001, he donated a further $6,711. IWA President Dave Haggard was just appointed Liberal candidate for New Westminster-Coquitlam for the coming federal election by none other than the Prime Minister himself. Concert’s director Tony Tennessy, formerly of the Operating Engineers Union, was a supporter of Sheila Copps’ campaign against Paul Martin for the federal Liberal leadership (at around the same time that Copps appointed him a director of the 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee).

But giving $16,665 to Gordon Campbell, the arch enemy of the B.C. labour movement? Well, that’s in a class by itself. Concert’s donation has made the $833 donation that Langley IWA local president Sonny Ghag gave the Liberals seem like a real pittance and, in comparison, it is.

How to explain it? To start, Jack Poole, the Chairman of the Board of Concert Properties, has a long history with Gordon Campbell. In 2000 Poole donated $2,000 to the B.C. Liberal Party. Journalist Russ Francis (”Pooling The Funds”, Monday Magazine, October 2, 2002) has referred to Campbell’s role in the deal that gave Concert its beginnings:

“I’m speaking of the 1989 deal then-Vancouver-mayor Campbell made to turn over a small fortune in public land to VLC Properties Ltd., a new company headed by Poole that was created out of thin air with the able assistance of Campbell and such worthies as Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti. In exchange for access to $48 million worth of public land, VLC promised to build up to 2,000 units of ‘affordable housing’ each year. But they only ever built 1,143 units, total. And not one of the units was ‘affordable,’ according to any meaning of the word that I’m aware of. In a report to shareholders, VLC boasted that the rent for all of the units was higher than that in nearby buildings.”
VLC Properties later changed its name to Greystone Properties and subsequently morphed into Concert Properties.

Writing in the Georgia Straight ten years ago (February 1994), Rafe Mair observed the following:

The Vancouver Land Corporation — VLC for short — set up by former Mayor Gordon Campbell to build low-cost housing on city land given them for a song, now sees itself in the casino game and is the major local player. One of the main players in the VLC is Ken Georgetti, head of the B.C. Federation of Labour. He’s there because much of the funding for the VLC comes from union pension funds. One need not point out that Mr Georgetti, under a NDP government is a very powerful voice and, indeed, Mr Georgetti has already talked his NDP buddies into taking, with taxpayer dollars, 16% of the action. The VLC has a main mover — land developer Jack Poole. Ah, you ask, is that the same Jack Poole who, a few years back, nearly ran for the B.C. Liberal leadership? The same Jack Poole who is a crony and long-time backer of former Vancouver Mayor, now Opposition Leader Gordon Campbell? You’ve got it! Same guy. Ken Georgetti later went on to join the Board of the Molson Indy, which was also founded by Poole.
Canada’s Biggest P3
The P3 and Liberal convergences don’t end there. Jack Poole, David Podmore, Ken Georgetti and Tony Tennessy were all members of the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic Bid Committee. Poole and Podmore actually headed the committee. In November, 2003, Premier Gordon Campbell gave the keynote speech to the annual conference of the Canadian Council on Public-Private Partnerships. During that speech he made his Olympic vision clear for the whole world to see: “I couldn’t leave today without telling you how proud we are that British Columbia is home to probably the largest single public-private partnership initiative going in Canada right now: the 2010 Olympic Games. We sometimes forget when we talk about the Olympics that that is an enormous public-private partnership. For our investment, about $600 million in infrastructure, we will get $2-to-$3 billion of private-sector investments through broadcast rights, through royalty rights, through development of small business opportunities, and through tourism opportunities that are developed — all as a result of that public-private partnership.”

One can’t help wonder if the name “Concert” wasn’t chosen to symbolize teamwork, mutual aid, cooperation and a vision of labour and capital working together in harmony to pursue mutually beneficial goals. Certainly the odd groupings present on the board of directors suggest teamwork that, to be quite frank, smacks of class collaboration, and the board of the 2010 Bid Committee is only one example of many: Dave Haggard just joined the board of Concert this year, replacing the IWA’s retiring 2nd vice-president, Harvey Arcand. As directors of the company, both of them are or have been at the same table as retired Canfor vice-president A. Gordon Armstrong. (In 2001 Armstrong donated $750 to the B.C. Liberal Party.) TWU President Rod Hiebert and Business Agent Nancy Curley sit across from Telus vice-president Robert Beynon.

But the prize for the worst, the most egregious example of where this collaboration leads has to go to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Three UFCW representatives sit on Concert’s board: Leif Hansen, just retired from his position as Vice-President of UFCW Local 247, Jack Allard, retired Secretary Treasurer of UFCW Local 1518 and Bryan Wall, who is listed as a consultant to the UFCW pension plan and has served as a plan trustee. In the summer of 1997, representing UFCW Local 1518, Jack Allard signed a concession agreement with Overwaitea Foods that brought in the infamous two-tier agreement, which allows Overwaitea to pay new hires half what is being paid to employees who have the same seniority but were hired before 1997. For example, as of April 2002 a “clerk cashier / meat deli seafood clerk / meat wrapper” with over 4,680 hours’ seniority hired before the contract was ratified earned $22.21, but a junior clerk hired after ratification with the same seniority and doing the same duties, earned $10.75. Two years later, Leif Hansen signed a similar agreement with Overwaitea on behalf of UFCW Local 2000 (now Local 247).

Bryan Wall signed both of these contracts, but not on behalf of UFCW. He was taking part in the negotiations for management. Wall was, at the time, Overwaitea’s Vice-president of Human Resources. It’s a comfy little club, this “workers’ capitalism”. “Workers’ Capitalism” = Corporate Unionism This cosy relationship between bosses and bureaucrats is nothing new. We saw it before, last December, during the ferry workers’ strike. Working Opportunity Fund runs in the same league as Concert. It’s huge. With assets of nearly half a billion dollars it’s the largest venture capital corporation in Western Canada. It’s also a key player in the field of “workers’ capitalism”.

Working Opportunities’ board is also controlled by the trade union bureaucracy — of 15 directors 8 are current or retired union officials: Colleen Jordan, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE, BC Division; Marian Meagher, retired Regional Vice President, Public Service Alliance of Canada; Ken Neumann, Director of Steel-workers District 3; Jerri New, President, Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 378; Angela Schira, Sec-retary-Treasurer, BC Federation of Labour; Diane Wood, Sec-retary-Treasurer, BC Government and Service Employees Union; Cindy Stewart, President, Health Sciences Association of BC; and Nick Worhaug, Canadian Director, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union.

But there are others as well. Graeme McFarlane is one. He’s a lawyer at Ogilvy Renault, who on at least two occasions has represented the Health Employers Association of British Columbia in opposing BC Nurses’ Union cases at the Labour Relations Board. Dean Drysdale is another. He’s a business professor at Kwantlen College who ran in the Vaudreuil-Solanges by-election in Québec in 2000 as a candidate of Stephen Harper’s Canadian Alliance. But perhaps the most unforgivable is Peter Armstrong, the President of Great Canadian Railtour and — last December — a director of the BC Ferry Authority board during its unsuccessful attempt to break the ferry workers’ strike. (For historical accuracy it should be noted that the Chair of the Ferry Authority throughout the strike, David Emerson, was a member of the Working Opportunity Fund Investment Advisory Committee in the late 1990s, during the same time period that Ken Georgetti was chair of WOF’s board of directors.) Emerson has since left the Ferry Authority to become a federal Liberal candidate alongside brother Haggard.

Who knows what other stories exist out there? Concert and Working Opportunities are only two examples. To get a realistic picture, we’ll have to look at the whole phenomenon of “worker capitalism” in all its many forms: Crocus Investment Fund, Mortgage One Corporation, Fonds Solidarité, Working Ventures, Real Assets, First Ontario Fund, Workers’ Investment Fund, Social Investment Organization, Growthworks, Vengrowth Investment Fund, Trillium Growth Capital, Inc., Retrocomm Growth Fund, Capital Alliance Ventures, Working Enterprises Group of Companies, Working Enterprises Insurance Services, Working Enterprises Insurance Brokers, Working Enterprises Travel Services, Working Enterprises National, Ltd…. and dozens more. Labour activists are going to have to start examining all of this. The P3 files may be a tangled rat’s nest of interlocking directorships and tacit agreements, of personal advancement and career path and co-optation but, like the X-files, the truth is out there. Bringing it to light will be a grass-roots affair.

The Face Of The New Workers’ Capitalism

Workers’ capitalism may have started with the best of intentions: the preservation of union members’ pension funds. One might even make a case that its roots go back as far as the campaigns conducted in the early 1980s by a number of unions to force their members’ pension funds to divest holdings in the corporations doing business with the apartheid regime in South Africa. There certainly seems to be a strong continuity linking much of the ethical investing movement to the institutions of the new workers’ capitalism. Whatever criticisms need to be made it should, in fairness, be noted that the phenomenon is not without its positive aspects — for example, Concert’s record in condo construction seems to prove conclusively that it’s possible to build a condominium that doesn’t leak (no small accomplishment these days).

But the outlines of workers’ capitalism look, more than anything else, like capitalism.

It’s a specific form of capitalism whereby, using the savings of the members whom they’re supposed to represent, a group of trade union leaders have parlayed these savings into a complex and huge corporate empire, run on the same rules, and with the same goal — the accumulation of profit.

It’s a form of capitalism where the same cloak of business secrecy prevails. Concert’s Expression Of Interest in the RAV line wasn’t posted on their web site, any more than was Bombardier’s or SNC Lavalin’s. And just try to find out what Concert Properties (and Concert Real Estate Inc.) pay their directors. You’ll quickly find out that there isn’t much in the way of transparency here. It’s a form of capitalism that, in some respects, seems to resemble a medieval fiefdom: A director can have his hands on the lever of capital through the union pension fund, at the same time as controlling (directly or indirectly) the source of labour through the union hiring hall and the cost of labour through the collective agreement.

It’s a system where the lines between labour and capital have blurred to the point of being indistinguishable — where labour and capital have merged into one vast endeavour, working together in harmony, moving together happily side by side into the future.

There are only a few catches.

First, labour militancy has to go. It just doesn’t fit into the plan.

And neither does democracy.

In the world of realistic unionism (or “intelligent militancy” as Brother Georgetti likes to put it), you still need to break a few eggs to make an omelet. Unfortunately, it’s just not possible to satisfy everyone. So if you’re a cleaner or kitchen worker or security guard in the B.C. hospital system, you’ll simply have to come to grips with reality and accept that brothers Georgetti and Haggard and Neumann are working hard for our mutual gain and that tearing this team apart by insisting the Canadian Labour Congress expel the International Woodworkers of America for its raid on the Hospital Employees Union simply doesn’t make business sense.

You’ll have to agree that the 2002 BC Fed resolution calling for action “up to and including a general strike” to defeat Premier Campbell’s destruction of public services and union rights was an unfortunate bit of overstatement, although a necessary one in order to avoid the unpleasantness of the Fed convention actually having a debate on organizing a general strike. And the end of the HEU strike? The ramrodded return to work? The refusal to allow HEU members the right to vote on whether to comply with Campbell’s union-busting? Just the cost of doing business.

Worth looking into.. Check out the finance statements for Covenant House Vancouver.. and now the government is giving thim a large amount of money.

The amount of money they spend on wages compared to helping out the kids is an issue for me.


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