Friday, December 01, 2006

Gary Collins shocker - Ex-BC Finance Minister quits as CEO of Harmony Airways!

Former BC Liberal finance minister Gary Collins has dropped a bombshell this afternoon by quitting as President and CEO of Harmony Airways!

Harmony owner and major BC Liberal donor David Ho must be in shock, since Collins has been there for less than two years. Collins quit his job as Premier Gordon Campbell's finance minister on December 14, 2004 to move to Harmony and a reputed $300,000 annual salary running an airline that currently has just four aircraft.

Collins has told media that he will be pursuing one of several employment opportunities but has not given any details.

Collins' former ministerial assistant, David Basi, faces trial on breach of trust charges that will be heard in the new year. In a defence application for disclosure of evidence in November it was disclosed that police had put Collins under surveillance when he met with an executive from OmniTRAX, one of the companies bidding in the $1 billion BC Rail privatization.

The defence application also disclosed that a conversation between Premier Gordon Campbell and Collins was captured on a police wiretap on Basi's cell phone.

You can see an interview by Public Eye Online's Sean Holman with Collins this afternoon and Sean also reprinted Collins resignation news release.


Anonymous said...

when Collins jumped from politics, the story was his great love of flying and this would be a job basically from heaven. My Gosh the guy was a flying instructor, tons of people are or were flying instuctors. He bailed twice now in the last two years. He claims to have a couple of options open to him but wont talk about them. Maybe he can make a go of it back at the old flying club if he kept his license current.

Anonymous said...

The questions that comes to my mind are :If Mr. Collins has quit Harmony, what does this mean for Harmony?? Is there more to this than meets the eye?? Is this the beginning of the end of another Canada 3000?? I hope not as we were left stranded by that airline.

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