Thursday, July 26, 2007

Jamie Elmhirst lobby contract with Canadian Springs owners has ended

A lobbying contract between Jamie Elmhirst, a key witness in the breach of trust trial of former BC ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk, and Aquaterra Corporation, owners of Canadian Springs bottled water, has ended.

That lobbying contract, first reported by me in 24 hours and on this blog, became additionally controversial when it was learned that Elmhirst was also working with a number of major BC environmental organizations.

Elmhirst today confirmed by email that his three-month contract with Aquaterra Corporation has concluded.

That information was conveyed to me by a poster to this blog - thanks for the tip.

Elmhirst was subpoenaed to testify in the trial expected to begin this fall. He was partners in Pilothouse Public Affairs, the lobbying firm, with key Crown witnesses Erik Bornmann and Brian Kieran.

Bornmann and Kieran are alleged in police documents to have provided bribes to Basi and Virk in exchange for confidential government information on the $1 billion privatization of BC Rail. Pilothouse represented OmniTRAX, a U.S. bidder for BC Rail at the time.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bill,

Many people I know sent messages through to Canadian Springs et al about the contract with Jamie Elmhirst. Grassroots activism works and we have proved it with this announcement.

We will now turn our attention to the environmental groups and municipal governments.

As we are conducting research about the ongoing activities of Bornmann, Kieran and Elmhirst, we must be vigilant in obtaining the facts, as you have Bill, with your exclusive story.

I can assure you that questions continue about how 3 Indo Canadians are charged with accepting bribes and no one is charged with offering the bribe.

While we wait the outcome of this trial with an open mind, we are committed to being outspoken and active about the ongoing activities of Bornmann, Kieran and Elmhirst and others whose names will surface in the coming weeks.

Paul Gill said...

Glad it worked out with this story.

More tips to come.