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BC Liberal investigated for contacting BC ministers for client

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The BC Liberal party’s vice-president is being investigated for contacting several provincial ministers on behalf of his Chinese-investor client — before registering as a lobbyist.

Records from the registrar’s office show Bill Belsey was in contact with the jobs minister, the environment minister and the forests minister on December 5th, but didn’t register as a lobbyist until December 10th.

Deputy registrar of lobbyists, Mary Carlson, says she wants to determine whether Belsey violated regulations, and he could face a fine.

“The act allows us to levy penalties of up to $25,000, and our policies and procedures set out what the parameters are for different types of offences.”

Belsey was lobbying for an investor who bought the Skeena Cellulose pulp mill in Prince Rupert.