February 25, 2018

Minister denies influencing land deal

Jobs Minister Pat Bell is denying any wrongdoing in a land deal in his hometown of Prince George.

At issue is a piece of property that will house a new 25 million dollar wood innovation centre.

Media reports indicate two local businessmen filed a complaint alleging Bell tried to improperly influence the bidding process after promising they would be on the short list for the final contract.

Bell denies the claim. 

“There was never any promises made by me or anyone else in our government in fact there was a process followed, it’s an arms-length process that’s being managed by a project board. There was a complaint made to an individual who’s been assigned with monitoring this process. She’s reported out and suggested that the process should be completed and the tender awarded.”

Bell says he doesn’t remember meeting the complainants; Premier Christy Clark is downplaying the issue.

But the BC Conservative Party is calling for a broader investigation and says Bell should be suspended from cabinet.

CKNW Vancouver News

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