Public Eye: Clark used chartered plane from CN Chair McLean’s company


From Public Eye Online – June 8, 2011

by Sean Holman

When Christy Clark was running for the provincial Liberal leadership, she did so using a chartered plane from one of businessman David McLean‘s
companies, Public Eye has exclusively learned. A spokesperson for the
premier has confirmed the use of that plane was recorded as a $23,035
in-kind donation from Blackcomb Aviation LP, which is part of the McLean Group of Companies. Mr. McLean is chair of the group, as well as Canadian National Railway Co. – which was the successful bidder to operate British Columbia Railway Co.

That contribution shows up in Ms. Clark’s Elections British Columbia
leadership campaign filings, which were released last month. But it
wasn’t included as part of the voluntary financial disclosure statement
she released on February 22, even though $18,799 worth of Blackcomb’s
billings are listed as having been made before that date.

The premier’s spokesperson said that’s because only cash
contributions were included in the voluntary statement. In-kind
donations were tallied at the end of the campaign, which wrapped up on
February 26.

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.