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NEWS RELEASE · 4th December 2010
BC First
Conflict of Interest Commissioner to provide opinion under s.19(2) of Members’ Conflict of interest Act on December 13, 2010

Premier Gordon Campbell is under investigation by BC’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Mr. Paul D. K. Fraser, Q.C., for a possible conflict of interest regarding his attendance at a private conference hosted by the Bilderberg Group this past June, says BC First Party spokesman Chris Delaney.

Delaney says Fraser confirmed on Friday that he has been investigating the premier regarding BC First’s allegations that Campbell used public funds to attend the private conference in Spain earlier this year. Delaney says Fraser confirmed he will provide his verdict on December 13, 2010.

“This is a significant development, since it has been two months since we first contacted the Conflict Commissioner to make this request. In his responses, it had been unclear as to exactly whether or how he was proceeding with our request. But now he tells us he has been gathering information and will be providing an opinion on whether the premier has breached the guidelines or not on December 13.”

Delaney says his party first began to suspect a possible conflict of interest after obtaining documents via the “Freedom of Information Act” that showed Premier Campbell used over $10,000 in public funds to attend a private Bilderberg Conference in Sitges, Spain, from June 3-6. Delaney says the FOI documents also revealed that the invitation to Gordon Campbell was “strictly personal”, and that he was not allowed to send a surrogate, bring a spouse, nor have staff attend with him.

The Bilderberg web site describes the group’s conferences as private, confidential gatherings of world leaders from business, media and politics who attend Bilderberg meetings as members in their “private capacity” and not in their “official capacity”. BC First was able to confirm that other Canadian attendees, such as Peter Mansbridge from CBC, paid for their attendance with their own funds.

“Gordon Campbell also received a benefit in the form of ‘free’ accommodations while attending the conference. Bilderberg says its members of the host city for their conferences pay for the hotel and accommodations of all attendees. To our knowledge, Gordon Campbell did not file a ‘statement of disclosure’ with the Conflict Commissioner regarding receipt of this private benefit,” said Delaney.

Delaney explained, “A ‘statement of disclosure’ is normally required by public officials who receive a private benefit over $250. In this case it may not be relevant, since Gordon Campbell was asked to attend the conference as a private citizen. But because he has claimed he attended in his official capacity as Premier of BC, then it poses two problems: First, why would he accept private funding for accommodations to an official meeting? Second, since the Act requires public officials to declare any private benefits received while carrying out their public duties, it creates another potential conflict.”

“However, the classification for attendance at the conference is not determined by the attendees, but by the conference organizers. Bilderberg describe their meetings as ‘private’ and ‘strictly personal’, and the Act prohibits officials with access to the public treasury from using taxpayer funds for a strictly personal or private benefit.”

“Since the content of Bilderberg Conferences is also billed as top secret and cannot be disclosed to the public, Gordon Campbell’s membership in that disreputable group and his attendance at their meetings is of zero value to taxpayers. We believe he should not be using taxpayer money for his own dubious, private pursuits. We hope the Conflict Commissioner will hold him to account for whatever transpired in this case,” Delaney concluded.
gordon scaling the pyramid
Comment by Don Bruce on 22nd December 2010
Anyone reading this news item should if they haven`t already search Google for Bilderberg Society.
Comment by Gerry Hummel on 7th December 2010
Mr. Ippel, if Mr. Campbell said off with Mr. Ippels head, although against the law and politically'd go along with it just because he's the premier?
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 7th December 2010
Good one. It had me chuckling.
a quote
Comment by lloyd on 7th December 2010
"Democracy ". Two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch
Say what?
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 6th December 2010
Does that mean we also endorsed his driving drunk in Maui?
Comment by James Ippel on 6th December 2010
He, and his party, were elected by the people of B.C.
That to me would indicate consent, wether we agree with what transpired or not.
Only one
Comment by Barry English on 6th December 2010
This is only one of many things that Gordon Campbell has to be held accountable for. Everything from selling our rivers to his IPP friends to his red-mitten tour for the olympics was done with our money, and without our consent.