The NDP are calling for a criminal investigation into the backroom proceedings of a B.C. Liberal insider who was involved in the sale of B.C. Rail to CN Rail in 2003.

The party said Monday that court documents “strongly suggest” Patrick Kinsella, a government contractor who also co-chaired the previous two B.C. Liberal election campaigns, assisted CN Rail with its successful bid while working on behalf of the B.C government.

“We believe there are sufficient grounds for the RCMP to launch an investigation focusing on Mr. Kinsella’s dual role with B.C. Rail and CN,” NDP MLA Leonard Krog said.


According to Krog, who sent a letter to deputy commissioner Gary Bass asking for action by the RCMP, CN may have broken the law by allegedly paying Kinsella when he was already under contract with B.C. Rail.

“We are asking the RCMP to move expeditiously so that British Columbians can once and for all know the truth about the corruption scandal that leads to the heart of Premier Campbell’s office,” Krog said.

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