EGTC’S “BOTCHED BELL WI-FI BID”: WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW!

PREAMBLE There’s a disturbing pattern emerging within the PC King Government of late.  Within the past couple of weeks alone, significant public attention has been drawn to two quite disturbing incidents within Hon. Matthew MacKay’s Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture (EGTC). The first event is the recent Brad Mix Order from the former Information and Privacy...

Will Motion 86 & New Court Motions Knock the Backroom Broncos off the Track?

PREAMBLE After nearly a year and a half investigation, former Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ms. Karen Rose, released her Brad Mix Order on June 22, 2020. That report identified multiple occasions where the King Government broke the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act and systematically and continuously misled the two applicants who had submitted those...

Lifting the Veil of Government Hypocrisy

“Every veil secretly desires to be lifted, except the veil of Hypocrisy.”    — Richard Garnett   Hypocrisy isn’t just “telling a lie”. Hypocrisy is when everything you tell is a lie. Big difference. The only way for a politician to survive being publicly exposed as a hypocrite is to either: (1) fess up completely and immediately, be...

DESTROYED EMAIL INVESTIGATION [Economic Growth (EGTC) Has To Sit This One Out!]

PREAMBLE No one wants to think Hon. Matthew MacKay is anything but a  stand-up guy who wants nothing but the best for his constituents and all Islanders. Just listen to what PC MLA Sidney MacEwan had to say about how he believes Hon. Matthew MacKay is the perfect person to oversee a third-party investigation to get to the...

The PEI Liberal Party’s Looming Historic Vote on “Motion 86”

PREAMBLE I posted this same article earlier this morning (Saturday, June 27) – minus this preamble and a few paragraphs in the summary which I’ve identified with a green font. When I posted earlier, I almost immediately received a message from a PC MLA suggesting that I had misunderstood what had actually happened in the House Thursday afternoon...

Motion “86” – Green Party Decides it’s Time to Get Smart

PREAMBLE Back in the 1960’s – specifically between 1965 and 1970 – I remember rushing in from the school bus every day after school hoping that I didn’t miss the beginning of  “Get Smart,” a show every kid watched and talked about in school the next day. There was a recent movie remake of that tv show starring...

Why is Government’s Version of the Asian Land Approval Process Different from IRAC’s?

PREAMBLE On Tuesday (June 23, 2020), Green MLA Michele Beaton asked Minister of Agriculture and Land, Hon. Bloyce Thompson three further questions on Executive Council’s June 9, 2020 decision granting approval to HopeTown Development Company Inc. to purchase 504 acres of land in Eastern PEI. Stu Neatby interviewed Minister Thompson later that day, and confirmed in a Guardian...

GOVERNMENT APPROVES SALE OF 500 ACRES IN EASTERN PEI TO ASIAN LAND DEVELOPERS

PREAMBLE A few weeks ago, I was made aware that a number of farmers in Eastern PEI believed a scheme was afoot with IRAC and/or Executive Council to allow Asian Land Developers (Taiwan-based, at least in part) to purchase 10 separate parcels of land in the Valleyfield area totaling a little over 500 acres. The word I got...

POISONING PEI [Part 1: A Closer Look at Organic v. Conventional Food Production Methods]

PREAMBLE It has long been known that crop pests and pathogens become increasingly tolerant to farm pesticides over time, and increasingly toxic poisons are required to maintain control over those pests and diseases.  Conventional farmers have been losing the battle against these evolving pests and pathogens, and increasingly toxic amounts and concentrations of poisons are being used with...

We Don’t Need Another “Record Management System Overview” – We need a Criminal Investigation; and Several Senior Bureaucrats Fired!

PREAMBLE It was good news to hear that the King government will be bringing in an “external” investigator to look into the situation related to Brad Mix’s destroyed egaming records. It was – however – TERRIBLE news to hear Minister MacKay talk about that investigation in the very same “let’s depersonalize the issue a much as possible” way...

INFORMATION COMMISSIONER CONFIRMS BRAD MIX’S EGAMING RECORDS WERE DESTROYED

After a 1 1/2 year investigation, PEI’s Information Commissioner, Karen Rose, has just issued her Order on Brad Mix’s missing government records. However, it won’t be posted on OIPC’s website until Tuesday, June 16, 2020. I requested this review in January, 2019 for a FOIPP Request I had submitted October, 2018 for Brad Mix records. If you’ve read...

Nice Try…Now Let’s Start Over

I received the following acknowledgement from an APSO Coordinator on the FOIPP request I submitted the other day seeking government records on the $4.7 million to Robert Irving. Those initial acknowledgement letters for FOIPP requests are important to scrutinize: subtle changes in the wording with the way APSO workers restate the initial request in the acknowledgement letter can...

A BREACH TOO FAR [Why the Egaming Lawsuit is Headed to Trial]

Short Form   The “Do-the-Math” Version  [1] My feature image for this article is a slide from a PowerPoint Presentation that Innovation PEI prepared and delivered to executives at RBC Dexia. That pitch offered RBC Dexia a “new build” and various tax incentives and employee subsidies totaling $78 million over 10 years if RBC Dexia was to locate a...

…ABOUT ROBERT GHIZ’S DOCUMENTS

Why are Islanders being denied Access to Robert Ghiz’s Records? Stewart McKelvey Law Firm apparently has a fully-intact copy of all of  Robert Ghiz’s electronic files and emails that Islanders can’t access….or perhaps it’s just another lie that hasn’t been fully exposed yet…you be the judge. PREAMBLE Last February, 2019, I decided to see if I could find...

REQUEST “ONLINE ACCESS” TO CMT APPEAL: “First-Come – First-Serve”

CMT’s Appeal in the PEI Court of Appeal will commence exactly one week from today (May 19, 9:00 am). I have been wondering for some time now how the PEI Court of Appeal would accommodate the principle of “open access to the courts” with the CMT Appeal, given the Covid-19 Health restrictions currently in place. Guidance was provided...

AG MANAGEMENT LETTER RELEASED: King Cover-up of E-gaming Crimes and Corruption Sadly Continues

PREAMBLE In my last blog article, I gave a brief update on my ongoing efforts to obtain a copy of the  infamous E-gaming Management Letter that Jane McAdam, PEI’s soon-retiring Auditor General, provided to the MacLauchlan Government on October 4, 2016 – the same day she made her Special Assignment: Government Involvement with E-gaming Initiative and Financial Services...

NEW FOIPP DOCUMENTS REVEAL BRAD MIX COMMITTED PERJURY

Preamble PERJURY 131 (1) Subject to subsection (3), every one commits perjury who, with intent to mislead, makes before a person who is authorized by law to permit it to be made before him a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation, by affidavit, solemn declaration or deposition or orally, knowing that the statement is false. PUNISHMENT 132....

COVID-19 CAN’T QUARANTINE JUSTICE: CMT’s Appeal Will Proceed As Scheduled

A lot has happened with the ongoing e-gaming scandal and the King Government cover-up of that scandal since my last article way back on March 13th. Now that CMT’s Appeal will happen as scheduled on May 19th and 20th, 2020, I want to share additional findings from my previous research in the coming weeks leading up to the...

The $4.7 Million Dollar Question – Who’s Getting it?

The province announced last Thursday that it is giving nearly $5 million dollars to help with the storage and shipping of potatoes grown for the french fry market. According to a CBC article [“P.E.I. announces $4.7M to tackle potato surplus related to COVID-19 market conditions”] Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Bloyce Thompson said, “This will help to ensure no...

The “KEYS” that Unlock the Egaming Coverup Strategy

PREAMBLE There’s a key or two buried somewhere in every good detective story. Find them and you unlock the meaning of later events. Miss them, and you’re probably that annoying person interrupting the best parts of the second half of the show every few minutes with: “I don’t get it!” There are two main keys needed to make...

Episode #7: LaVie on Accountability for Wasting Taxpayer’s Money

PREAMBLE The previous episodes in this series have all focused on CMT’s claim of spoliation. A different PC MLA – all currently Cabinet Ministers in the King Government – has starred in each episode. The PC MLA from the former Official Opposition featured in this episode is the PC MLA for Souris-Elmira, Colin LaVie. PC MLA Colin LaVie...

Why are Covid-19 Death Rates Apparently Much Higher Outside China?

PREAMBLE I have not been spending a lot of time following the Coronavirus situation in the world other than following what is apparently the most reputable and up-to-date site for gathering and presenting statistics regarding confirmed cases, active cases, recovered cases and deaths: the John Hopkin’s University Coronavirus. It’s a great site because you can zoom in on...

Episode #6: Brad Trivers on Deleted Records & Breaking the Audit Act

PREAMBLE Recall there are three types of legal claims in CMT’s lawsuit: (1) Spoliation (2) Misfeasance in Public Office and (3) Breach of Contract. My intention with this series is to divide up the episodes as equally as possible. Given that the attempt is being made to tie all of the episodes in this series to one of...

Episode #5: MacKay on “FIRING” [THEN] and “HIRING” [NOW] Neil Stewart

PREAMBLE In my last episode, I indicated that my next “article” would be an exposé on Neil Stewart’s long-time involvement in major scandals in PEI over the past 20 years under Conservative and Liberal governments alike. What exactly is an exposé? That’s a major piece of work that will take some time. Until that’s finished, I’ll post some...

EPISODE #4: MacEwen on the Consequences of Deleting Government Records

PREAMBLE There are three main “types” of claims in the CMT lawsuit that Judge Gordon Campbell dismissed: (1) Spoliation (2) Misfeasance and (3) Breach of Contract. This series contrasts: (1) The positions the King Government has taken in its Response to CMT’s Appeal WITH (2) The positions PC MLAs took on the same issues as the Official Opposition....

EPISODE #3: FOX DEMANDS “CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION” OF GHIZ & STEWART

PREAMBLE Episode #2 explained how the King Government’s position on Robert Ghiz and Neil Stewart deleting government records is NOW sadly the same as that of Judge Campbell and the two previous Liberal Governments. The PC Government is now asking three PEI Appeal Court Judges to believe that neither Robert Ghiz nor Neil Stewart did anything wrong when...

EPISODE #2: MYERS ON GOVERNMENT RECORDS DELETED BY ROBERT GHIZ & NEIL STEWART

PREAMBLE The most glaring example of blatant bias in Judge Campbell’s ruling, in my opinion, is his refusal to properly address both the “facts” and the “law” relating to CMT’s claims of “spoliation” of PEI Government documents by former Premier Robert Ghiz and Deputy Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning, Neil Stewart. It’s also one of the most...

EPISODE #1: Compton’s Question to MacLauchlan Now Needs an Answer from King!

PREAMBLE This is the first of  25 posts in this new series. A quick recap of the format: A KEY ISSUE in the CMT v. PEI Government lawsuit and appeal will be identified and briefly summarized. JUDGE CAMPBELL’S POSITION on the issue will be succinctly stated. Information will be provided to show how the KING GOVERNMENT’S CURRENT POSITION on the...

“Appeal of Misfortune” – An Online Investigative E-game That Doesn’t Involve Kicking

PREAMBLE In my last article, I characterized the recent decision by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture to kick three of my FOIPP requests for Government documents past the upcoming May 19, 2020, CMT Appeal Court Hearing date as “FOIPP-BALL” – the King Government’s favorite new “e-game.” I’ve come up with of an e-game of my...

FOIPP-BALL – The King Government’s Favourite New “E-Game”

PREAMBLE Last Wednesday (February 12, 2020) I received an email from the APSO Coordinator with the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture, with three attached letters, one for each of the Access to Information requests with the Department, all of which were coming up to their “final release” dates soon. It wasn’t good news. The final release...

GHIZ’S PEI GOVERNMENT RECORDS CONFIRMED MISSING: (New Review Launched with Information Commissioner)

PREAMBLE Paul Maines shared a letter with me that he recently received from the Premier’s Office as a final response to his FOIPP request for records from former Premier Robert Ghiz. The response he received now answers a question I unsuccessfully tried to answer over a year ago: Did someone delete former Premier Robert Ghiz’s most sensitive emails...

The Meddler’s “Shallow” Take on Deep-Water Wells: Two Responses

Preamble Below is a response from David Weale to Alan Holman’s (the Meddler’s) Guest Column in last Saturday’s Guardian posted on his Facebook Page. You can read a copy of the Meddler’s Guest Column Here And you can read a copy of Weale’s Guardian Guest Opinion Here ++++++ Facebook Response to the ‘Meddler’ – by David Weale “I...

New Deemed Refusal FOIPP Document Exposes PEI Government “FMT Project” Cover-Up

PREAMBLE I received a single page  – actually, two rows in a chart – on Wednesday of this past week (February 5, 2020) that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that both the PEI Government and Legal Counsel in the CMT lawsuit (Stewart McKelvey law firm), have been jointly-involved in a massive cover-up in the e-gaming scandal, and...

Yesterday’s Supreme Court Motion Hearing was a Good Day for Democracy in PEI!

PREAMBLE Before you jump to any conclusions – which would be understandable, given my headline – here’s a spoiler alert (if you haven’t already heard the news from the CBC or Guardian): the Judge presiding at yesterday’s Motion Hearing in the PEI Supreme Court did not rule on the Contempt Motion Paul Maines filed against the PEI Government....

Information and Privacy Commissioner Acts Swiftly on “Missing” E-gaming Management Letter

This morning, I received a copy of a letter dated February 3, 2020, that the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Karen Rose, sent to Paul Ledwell in the Premier’s Office to inform him that she is conducting a review of my FOIP request (PO-2019-298) seeking the E-gaming Management Letter that the Auditor General sent to Premier Wade MacLauchlan. She...

What Happened to the AG’s E-gaming Management Letter?

In my recent blog post – Will the King Government Release the Auditor General’s E-gaming Management Letter? –  I explained how the Premier’s Office had narrowly missed falling into another “deemed refusal” with one of my FOIP requests.   This particular request is asking for the E-gaming Management Letter, and related documents, from the Premier’s Office. At the last...

Do They Not Realize the Danger They’re In?

Preamble On February 6, 2020, the PEI Supreme Court will hold a Hearing on a Contempt Order Motion filed against the PEI government by Paul Maines. Maines is claiming that the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture failed to comply with a PEI Supreme Court-enforced Order issued by the Information and Privacy Commissioner compelling the Department to...

Will the King Government Release the Auditor General’s E-gaming Management Letter?

PREAMBLE Yesterday was the deadline for the Public Body to respond to a FOIP request I had submitted to the Premier’s office on December 3rd, 2019. I thought I’d be posting an article today announcing that the King government was in another “deemed refusal” when 4:30pm rolled around yesterday, then heard a ‘ding’ on my computer. I received...

Dear CBC-PEI…Enough is Enough

CBC is supposed to be our “public broadcaster” protecting our constitutional rights and freedoms, with a mandate that ties “informing Canadians” to fostering an open, transparent and democratic society. It’s no secret to those following the e-gaming and CMT lawsuit stories that CBC PEI is failing us badly with fairly and diligently telling Islanders the truth about what’s...

King Government Continues Breaking FOIP Law with 6th “Deemed Refusal”

It’s hard to know what’s going on inside the hallowed halls of government these days. After the Guardian published a front-page article informing the public that the King government must appear before the PEI Supreme Court on February 6 to explain why it first broke the FOIP Act, and then ignored a Supreme Court Order to turn over...

Episode #23: Shane MacEachern – The Hidden E-Gaming Power Broker No One Knows About

PREAMBLE This episode revisits issues dealt with in previous episodes concerning the Securities Investigation against Paul Maines and CMT initiated in September 2012 by Steven Dowling, a PEI Government Department of Justice lawyer at the time. We’ll be looking at those players, actions, and events with new glasses, however, as revelations over the past couple of months shed...

Update on 5TH “Deemed FOIP Refusal” by King Government

In yesterday’s post about the new filing against the King government for a contempt order Maines is hoping to obtain on February 6th, the date set for the Motion Hearing, I mentioned there is now a “5th” deemed refusal by the King government, and that one is one of my e-gaming investigative FOIP requests seeking records that Brad...

BREAKING: King Government’s Violation of Court Order Results in “Contempt” Order Court Filing

Earlier today (January 15, 2020) Paul Maines filed a Motion Record, Affidavit, and supporting documents in the PEI Supreme Court, and served Deputy Minister Erin McGrath-Gaudet with a Notice of Motion for a hearing to be held in the PEI Supreme Court on February 6, 2020. Maines sent that Court filing document (23 pgs) to a long list...

THE KING GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO CMT’S APPEAL

PREAMBLE If you’ve been following this 25-part series on e-gaming, the CMT Securities Investigation, CMT’s lawsuit, and Judge Campbell’s September 25, 2019 decision to dismiss all claims by CMT against all defendants, then you’ll recall from my last episode (#22) that the King government was facing an important January 6, 2020 deadline to file a Response with the...

Episode #22: Why did Brad Mix go to Osaka, Japan? (Part II)

PREAMBLE With just 4 episodes remaining in this 25-part series, I want to make them count. If you’ve been following this docu-series on Judge Campbell’s ruling to dismiss CMT’s lawsuit and forbid a new claim from being filed, then you’ll know that previous episodes have already provided indisputable evidence of errors in Judge Campbell’s decision. In fact, there’s...

Episode #21: Covering up the Breach of the MOU (Part III)

Episode #21: Covering up the Breach of the MOU (Part III) ++++++ PREAMBLE The last two episodes have focussed on claims made by CMT that the PEI Government violated the legally-binding “exclusivity” clause within the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU). Episode #19 provided background information on how the MOU came to be; what the four legally-binding provisions of the...

Episode #20: Covering up the “Breach of the MOU” (Part II)

Episode #20: Covering up the Breach of the MOU (Part II) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Preamble The revelations in the last two episodes provide ample grounds for CMT’s case to go to trial. The evidence before Judge Campbell was sufficient for a fair and impartial Judge to have made that determination. The fact that Jonathan Coady withheld crucially-important documents, that refute...

Episode #19: Covering up the Breach of the MOU – (Part 1)

Introduction In episode #18, I provided documentary evidence that the Minister of Finance (for former Premier Robert Ghiz) Wes Sheridan, lied under oath about knowing Paul Maines and CMT/FMT, just as he had earlier lied about that same thing to both the Legislative Assembly and National media. Campbell, unfortunately, accepted Sheridan’s false testimony, arguing that CMT’s lawyer, John...

Episode #17: It’s about Corruption and Coverup – not E-gaming

Preamble Last Friday (December 1, 2019) Capital Markets Technologies (CMT) filed a Fresh Evidence Motion with the PEI Supreme Court of Appeal. The document is 519 pages, comprising an Affidavit sworn by Paul Maines, President of CMT, and 68 Exhibits. Those attached documents were either obtained through various Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) requests, or are documents...

Dear PEI Government: If Aquabounty Comes Knocking – Don’t Answer!

You never hear a peep about Aquabounty if you live in PEI. But PEI gets mentioned a lot in places around the Globe as the incubator for the world’s first “marketable” genetically-modified animal – a salmon. It’s actually made us quite famous…in a transylvania kind of way. Islanders were never given a say about growing genetically-modified animals in...

Episode #16: “He Said – She Said” THE FINALE

PREAMBLE Welcome back to the Sheridan Centre for E-gaming Excellence in beautiful downtown Charlottetown.  The crowd  is anxiously awaiting  the return of our two contenders as the halftime show comes to end.    You’re probably wondering: “Halftime show after 5 rounds in a 12 round bout? What’s up with that?” Well, you’re not alone. We just returned from the...

Episode #15: “HE SAID – SHE SAID” [Part I]

PREAMBLE Welcome to the Sheridan Centre of E-gaming Excellence! Two of PEI’s most successful and prominent intellectuals are about to square off in a 12-round bout putting their e-gaming investigative skills on the line. IN CORNER #1:  Jane MacAdam, PEI’s Auditor General – aka “The General” – comes to this match with an impressive resume. She has published...

Episode #14: Remembering the Loyalty Card Program

Episode #14: Remembering the Loyalty Card Program Paragraph 127 in CMT’s original Statement of Claim read: 127.  In October of 2011, the Loyalty/VIP Program was given approval by the Department of Tourism and Culture and representatives of CMT created a survey to determine what local business operators would be looking for in such a program. Jonathan Coady responded to...

Episode #12: Recruiting Package? What Recruiting Package?

Episode #12: Recruiting Package? What Recruiting Package? If you have been following this series, you’re hopefully beginning to get a better understanding of how CMT/FMT’s business relationship with the PEI Government first began in earnest in 2010. Garth Jenkins got the ball rolling after introducing his cousin Paul Jenkins to Paul Maines at Smitty’s restaurant in Charlottetown, near...

Episode # 11: Judge Campbell’s Unfortunate Confusion Over “Claimatrix”

Preamble This one’s MUCH shorter than the last! +++++++++++++++++ Episode #11: Judge Campbell’s Unfortunate Confusion Over “Claimatrix” In the last very long and complicated episode, it was explained how CMT was in the process of becoming “FMT” by acquiring a “shell company” (RevTech) to become listed on the stock exchange. What’s important to understand with all this corporate...

Episode #10: The Securities Investigation Against Maines and CMT – Part III

Episode #10: The Securities Commission “Agreement” with CMT and Paul Maines Preamble This is the final part of my three-part “mini-series” on the Securities Commission within my 25-part “Truth and No Consequences” series. The next episode will return to the initial format with shorter pieces on targeted parts of Judge Campbell’s decision. It’s been an incredible education for...

Episode #9: The Securities Investigation Against Maines & CMT – Part II

Episode #9: The Securities Investigation Hearing that Never Happened! Episode #8 set the stage for the Securities Investigation Hearing scheduled to take place against Paul Maines and CMT on March 7, 2013. This episode deals with the period of time from when the Hearing Notice was served (February 14th) to just after the scheduled Hearing on March 7,...

Why I Keep Researching and Writing about E-gaming & the CMT Lawsuit

I receive a lot of private facebook messages and emails about the research I’m doing on  e-gaming and the CMT lawsuit, and I really appreciate all the comments and  feedback. A frequent question I get is: “Why are you still beating a dead horse?” I’ve pondered how to respond to that question a lot, and I have given...

Episode #8: The Securities Investigation against Maines & CMT – Part I

Preamble It’s not possible to understand Judge Campbell’s ruling, or the ongoing cover-up of this multi-pronged and continuing scandal, without knowing why Steven Dowling’s six-year old affidavit features so prominently in the Motion to Dismiss ruling by Judge Campbell. The answer lies in what happened with the Securities Investigation and Scheduled Hearing against Paul Maines and CMT that...

Episode #7: Who Filed the Securities Complaint Against CMT & Paul Maines?

Episode #7: Who Filed the Securities Complaint against CMT & Paul Maines? My last three episodes were a tad tedious, and perhaps not riveting story-telling; but unfortunately, if you want to understand the riveting stuff when we get there, you’ll have to first understand exactly who Steven Dowling is, and why he is so important to the CMT...

Episode #6: Did Paul Maines Solicit an Investment from Paul Jenkins?

Episode #6: Did Paul Maines Solicit an Investment from Paul Jenkins?  The real story behind the CMT/764 lawsuit will only be fully known when the truth about what happened during a few fateful days in September, 2012 is revealed – when the first and only Securities Investigation (file #001) to EVER have been conducted in PEI was launched. There’s...

Episode #5: Did Paul Maines Solicit an Investment from Mark Rodd?

Episode #5: Did Paul Maines Solicit an Investment from Mark Rodd? In episode #4,  false  statements made in a sworn affidavit filed by Steven Dowling during the 2013 Securities Investigation claimed that Maines engaged in unauthorized investment activity by soliciting Jeff Trainor to invest in CMT/FMT.  Dowling did the very same thing with another investor, Mark Rodd:: When Mark Rodd read...

Episode #4: Did Paul Maines Solicit an Investment from Jeff Trainor?

Episode #3: Did Paul Maines Solicit an Investment from Jeff Trainor? Judge Campbell states, “Dowling’s affidavit does not state that Maines solicited the Trainors to invest. However, there is no denial an investment was made.” In fact, notwithstanding Judge Campbell’s claim, Dowling’s affidavit does indeed state that Maines solicited the Trainors to invest. In paragraph 5(d) Dowling states:...

Episode #3: Was Chris LeClair an “Agent” of Government?

Episode #3: Was Chris LeClair an “Agent of Government”? CMT made a number of “claims” involving Chris LeClair, who was Robert Ghiz’s Chief-of-Staff from June 12, 2007 until October 17, 2011.   In episode #2, I dealt with Chris LeClair’s investment in a CMT-related business venture and noted that Judge Campbell made no mention of that conflict of interest...

EPISODE #2: CHRIS LECLAIR’S “INSIDER TRADING”

Question #2: Did Chris LeClair commit “Insider Trading” with the egaming file? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Background After the Auditor General made public her report Special Assignment on E-gaming, the media jumped all over her finding that two senior government officials had an appearance of “conflict of interest” in the e-gaming file: Billy Dow and Chris LeClair. Chris LeClair was Premier Ghiz’s Chief-of-Staff...

Truth & No Consequences: The Justice Campbell E-gaming Quiz Show

Remember that pioneering TV game show “Truth or Consequences?” On the show, contestants received roughly two seconds to answer a trivia question correctly before a buzzer sounded. If the contestant could not complete the “truth” portion, well…there’d be “consequences.” In coming days and weeks, I plan to post not less than 25 separate e-gaming questions/issues of significance to...

The PEI Law Society’s Disappointing “Response” to my Billy Dow Complaint

I posted a blog article on April 2, 2019 titled, “Complaint Letter to the Law Society against Billy Dow,”   That followed another article in my e-gaming funding series which documented Dow’s involvement in that fiasco: “A Conspiracy to Commit Fraud: The Full Story on the E-gaming Loan.” I’ve since received a decision letter from the Law Society Secretary-Treasurer,...

Judge Campbell’s Flawed E-gaming Ruling throws Auditor General Under the Bus

“A former provincial Liberal Party president and chairman of several election campaigns, Judge Campbell said that some critics cling to a ‘ridiculous’ belief that politically active lawyers always keep one eye trained on a judgeship. ‘I was involved in politics because I loved it,’ said Judge Campbell, who was appointed in 2001 by former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s Liberal...

Is another corrupt PNP scandal now operating in PEI?

Last week, I received a call from a person I consider “reliable,” informing me that a recent immigrant to PEI told him that he was able to get his federal Permanent Canadian Residency status thanks to the PEI government, through a quite elaborate scheme orchestrated by some PEI Immigration consultants and their companies.  What my source heard shocked...

PEI’s NEW “BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT” MUST BE AMENDED IMMEDIATELY

Island Farmer reporter, Andy Walker, recently wrote an excellent synopsis of the recent Irving land grab of 2,200 acres titled, “The Line has been Drawn.”  Please take the time to read it before continuing. Walker agrees with me that there is no “loophole” in the Lands Protection Act that allowed this Irving land deal.  The claim that the...

Breaking News: Brendel Farms had a “done deal” with local farmers; then sold to Irving

Yesterday I posted an article with  information on the market price of prime farmland in Prince County at rates as high as $6,500 per acre, pointing out that the Irving family was somehow able to acquire the 2,200 acres for a little more than a third of the market value for the land, roughly $2,300 per acre ($5.1...

How did the Irving family get such a good deal on the Brendel Farms Ltd. land?

Talking with farmers in the Bedeque area, I’m hearing that the 2,200 acres of farmland the Irving family acquired from the Gardiner family was “prime” farmland. Prime farmland in the area has been selling for as high as $5,500 per Acre;; one farmer told me a woodlot that had to be cleared recently sold for $4,000 per acre.  I found...

Why is Rebecca Irving Dissolving her New Corporation?

  This is the public announcement from Stewart-McKelvey lawyer Geoffrey Connolley in today’s Guardian (August 24, 2019 – you can find it on the bottom right-hand corner of page B9). It gives notice that Galloway Farms Ltd., will be asking the office of the Attorney General to “surrender the Charter of the said company”. Few Islanders likely read...

Premier King on “Interlocking Corporations within families” & the 3,000 Acre Corporate Limit

  Following my recent Facebook post of a quote from Premier King saying interlocking corporations within the same family are “one corporation” and subject to the Lands Protection Act’s limit of 3000 acres of arable land, I received a number of requests for the “source” of that quotation, so I’m providing a link to the video clip. I...

The Irving Family Apparently Broke the Law – and Government’s Main Legal Counsel (Stewart McKelvey) Apparently Helped

The public revelation earlier this week that 2,200 acres of farmland in the Bedeque area was acquired by Rebecca Irving – one of Mary-Jean Irving’s two daughters – came as a shock to many Islanders. Using a secretive corporation acquisition and/or transfer scheme to avoid submitting a second application to IRAC to purchase the land may seem like...

Kudos to Deputy Minister Erin McGrath-Gaudet!

  I have not posted on e-gaming for quite some time, due to delays by the former Premier and Liberal government (RIP) frustrating my efforts to get access to information on e-gaming records from government. In the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I’m publishing this short article as a genuine, heartfelt expression of appreciation to the...

The Anti-Corruption Policies of the PC Party: Why hasn’t the Mainstream Media Informed Islanders about them?

It’s perhaps not surprising that Dennis King has not made a big deal about the key anti-corruption policies embedded within the PC Policy Platform.  Granted, there was never a question about government corruption; the need for systemic government reform; or for that matter “e-gaming”; in any of the leader debates, so there weren’t any easy access points for...

A Conspiracy to Commit Fraud: Part 4 – A Fictitious and Fraudulent Project Grant

From the PEI CPA Code of Professional Conduct: NOTE: Registrant = Chartered Professional Accountant _________________________________________________________________________________________ A FOUR-PART SERIES EXPOSING E-GAMING AS AN ELABORATE CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD +++++++++++++ Introduction to Part 4 and Series Summary My four-part e-gaming investigative series presents documentary evidence showing how $1,210,000 of public dollars was first fraudulently acquired by key players in the...

CBC’s Weekly “Political Pablum”

Every Friday I watch CBC’s weekly political panel hoping to hear some insightful commentary on the most important political issues and events of the previous week.  And every Friday I’m left massively disappointed, shaking my head in disbelief at what I hear from Paul MacNeil and Rick MacLean .  CBC’s weekly political panel offers such an important opportunity...

Robert Ghiz’s E-Gaming Documents Confirmed “Missing”

“There has to be a record that people can go back to, and I might say future historians can go back to…..This is something that we take to heart, recognizing the importance of it, and will indeed be implementing.” – Wade MacLauchlan [“E-gaming emails deleted, text messages not provided to AG” CBC,October 5, 2016] +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For those of...

Thanks to Premier MacLauchlan, It appears Robert Irving has Acquired over 7,5OO Acres of PEI Land!

In a recent CBC article reporting on Executive Council’s decision denying three Irving-owned corporations applications to purchase roughly 2,200 acres of farmland in Bedeque, the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Hon. Richard Brown stated: “What we’re doing is applying the law of the Lands Protection Act here and we’re going behind the corporate veil and seeing who...

A Conspiracy to Commit Fraud: Part 3 – The Illicit Sale of an Obsolete E-gaming Legal Opinion

A FOUR-PART SERIES EXPOSING E-GAMING AS AN ELABORATE CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD +++++++++++++ They say that if you want to find out the truth about a secret scandal: “Follow the Money.”  Well, that’s the approach I’ve adopted with this four-part series on the PEI E-gaming story, and my investigation has indeed uncovered documentary evidence that $1,210,000 was first...

Complaint Letter to the PEI Law Society Against Billy Dow

The Latin motto for the PEI Law Society was adopted from the provincial Coat of Arms and reads: “Parva Sub Ingenti” which translates: “The small under the protection of the great.” This official declaration that, like the provincial government, lawyers rule over the rest of us, should give us pause. That they also rule over themselves – in...

A Conspiracy to Commit Fraud: Part 2 – The Full Story on the E-gaming Loan

  “I realize that the Leader of the Opposition [James Aylward] has suggested that there be particular discipline against leading or senior public servants. Those public servants have not done anything wrong, notwithstanding allegations to the contrary.” — Premier MacLauchlan, [Hansard, November 15, 2016]. A FOUR-PART SERIES EXPOSING E-GAMING AS AN ELABORATE CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD + + +...

A CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD: “PREAMBLE” TO PART 2 (Complaint to the PEI Law Society Against Billy Dow)

A FOUR-PART SERIES EXPOSING E-GAMING AS AN ELABORATE CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD + + + + + + + + + + + + Preamble to Part Two: The E-gaming Loan PEI Law Society Complaint against Billy Dow This article is a supporting document (Appendix “A”) in a formal complaint I’m filing with the PEI Law Society against...

PEI Election April 23rd as I predicted: I Would Have Preferred to have been Wrong!

On March 15, 2019, I posted an article titled Setting a Date for a PEI Election and the E-gaming Elephant in the Room predicting that Premier MacLauchlan would call an election to be held on Tuesday, April 23rd.   I also made the following statement: I sincerely hope I’m wrong with my prediction and that the election happens much...

Will the Irving family get another 2,200 acres of PEI Farmland?

It looks like tomorrow (Tuesday, March 26, 2019) will be a big day for Minister of Communities, Land & Environment, Hon. Richard Brown. Not only is he having his nomination meeting as the Liberal Candidate in a bid to remain MLA for District 12: Charlottetown – Victoria Park, he’s also likely going to have to make a decision (with...

Richard Brown’s Review of Corporate Land Holdings is a Total Farce

Minister Richard Brown brought a glossy slide show to the National Farmers Union Annual District Convention on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, presenting the preliminary results of his promised and long-awaited review of non-resident and corporate land holdings in PEI.  In a nutshell, the results of the review offered aggregate data showing the total land acreages owned by non-residents...

Will Speakers at the NFU Convention Dispel Confusion over Deep Water Wells?

The National Farmers Union (NFU) will hold its Annual District Convention at the Milton Hall tomorrow (Tuesday, March 19, 2019). Registration begins at 9:30am and the day ends at 4pm. It promises to be an interesting day.  Anyone can attend, a lunch is served, and the cost is $20. The full agenda can be found here.  Speakers will...

Setting a Date for a PEI Election and the E-gaming Elephant in the Room

Will there be a general election this Spring, or will Premier MacLauchlan wait until the Fall?  Half the people I ask say the Spring…..the other half say the Fall. Let’s break down the options. The eight (8) month campaigning period for the referendum on electoral reform began on February 1, 2019, so unless the government takes drastic measures...

I Need Your Help to become Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party

An Appeal for Support Over the past few years, I have received hundreds of messages from Islanders expressing support for the work I’ve been doing to investigate and write about social and political issues affecting Islanders.  For the most part, my writing has focussed on identifying and explaining problems, scandals, cover-ups and how the  MacLauchlan Liberal government has...

E-gaming Deadline for Document Production Fast-Approaching for Defendants

If my instincts are correct, filing Motions for “Summary Judgment” in the CMT lawsuit may go down in history as the stupidest thing a herd of panicked defendants has ever done!  Why? Well, because the Supreme Court of Canada has set clear precedents in recent land-mark decisions that whenever a Motion seeking summary judgement is granted to defendants,...

Pushing Monsanto’s “Dekalb” GMO Corn & Soybeans!

Flipping through this morning’s Guardian [November 15, 2018] I came across a full-page ad trying to entice farmers to buy a new type of seed.  It presented young Island farmer Grant Doyle, standing in front of a field of corn under the word “FARMER”  with the subcaption: “It’s fun to do; it’s a job that doesn’t feel like...

We need a “FAIR” economy on a tear…..not just an economy on a tear.

I’ve spliced together two clips from yesterday afternoon’s session of the Legislative Assembly proceedings to contrast the essential difference in how Liberals and Conservatives understand the role of government in ensuring a vibrant and just economy: one from the Premier and one from Brad Trivers. They were both speaking to a self-serving Motion by the Liberal government to...

Why is Cheryl Paynter still CEO of Tourism PEI?

Cheryl Paynter is currently a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in good standing with the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) of Prince Edward Island.  She is also currently the CEO of Tourism PEI, and was the CEO of Innovation PEI from November, 2011 to 2016. Given what Ms. Paynter apparently did in contravention of the CPA Code of Professional...

DID ROBERT GHIZ AND NEIL STEWART COMMIT A CRIME?

[THIS IS THE  FINAL VERSION, UPDATED ON MAY 6, 2018]   The Federal Investigations Unit of the RCMP recently issued a News Release (Guardian, April 16) announcing that: “After an extensive investigation into allegations in relation to what was known as e-gaming, including conducting over 50 interviews, there was no evidence of criminality, or grounds to lay any...

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