Former civil servant critical of provincial nominee program in P.E.I.

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Allan Rankin

Prince Edward Island’s controversial immigrant investor program was rife with abuse and was run by a close personal friend of the premier even after he was shuffled to a different government agency, according to a former top bureaucrat in the Robert Ghiz government.

Allan Rankin served as clerk of Executive Council under Ghiz from 2007 to 2009.

Before that, he was a heavyweight in the Liberal administrations of both Joe Ghiz and Catherine Callbeck and also worked in Ottawa as a parliamentary assistant.

In his recent column in The Eastern Graphic newspaper, Rankin shared his thoughts about P.E.I.’s failed Internet gambling initiative, stating his belief the Ghiz government did not learn from its mistakes with the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

He details what he knew of this program, which has been mired in controversy since 2008.


Rankin alleges the former Progressive Conservative government abused the program before the Liberals took office, investing immigrant monies into local businesses that didn’t actually exist.

The Liberal government then ramped up the program just before Ottawa shut it down in 2008.

In his column, Rankin says he was told by a colleague that immigrant investments were allegedly being “peddled as an incentive for the purchase of Liberal fundraising tickets.”

Says Rankin: “PNP operated in the shadows, its benefits flowing only to those on a select and much guarded list.”

The auditor general (AG) investigated the PNP in 2009 and found multiple instances where program officials broke rules.


The AG also found some deputy ministers, MLAs and their family members received money through this program.

The AG did not call this an outright conflict of interest, but did call on government to review and strengthen its conflict of interest guidelines.

Rankin says he did raise concern about conflict of interest regarding the deputy in charge of the PNP, Brooke MacMillan.

MacMillan and his wife received immigrant investment from the PNP directly after he was shuffled to the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission in August 2008.


But, Rankin now alleges that although MacMillan was no longer deputy minister in charge of PNP, MacMillan continued to manage the PNP for a further five weeks as CEO of the Liquor Commission during the time he received PNP money.

Rankin says he took this to Premier Robert Ghiz in October 2008.

Initially, he was directed to investigate.

But later this task was reassigned to then-deputy treasurer, the late Paul Jelley.

That investigation cleared MacMillan.

Rankin says he was replaced as clerk of Executive Council shortly thereafter, tying his reassignment to whistleblowing against MacMillan, “a close personal friend of the premier (who) got to keep his job.”

He also notes a report he delivered just before his departure proposing a new Public Service Code of Conduct and Ethics Management was quietly shelved.

Speaking to The Guardian Thursday, Rankin says he wrote his column after learning about the Ghiz government’s failed e-gaming proposal, which transpired a few years after PNP.

He believes if some of the ethics systems he proposed had been implemented, the e-gaming controversy may never have happened.

“As I said in my column, (the PNP) was certainly a clandestine operation. It was something that not many people were in on and knew about,” he said.

“I’m writing about in what I believe to be the public interest… I think the public should know about it.”

A statement from Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s office noted the Provincial Nominee Program has been “thoroughly reviewed and audited in the past,” including by the auditor general, the RCMP and the Canadian Border Service Agency.

Organizations: Executive Council, P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission, Liquor Commission Public Service RCMP Canadian Border Service Agency

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Ottawa

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  • Kim P.
    March 21, 2015 - 16:14

    They (i.e the Mi'kmaq) were never fairly advised, it seems, about the potential legal consequences, or a hard line from Ottawa, regarding Mi'kmaq state secession. It is quite possible that section 35(1) of the Canadian Constitution would entirely cease to apply, i.e. the section constitutionally enshrining and protecting Aboriginal hunting, trapping, and fishing rights, and also Aboriginal treaty rights. The Confederacy would, however, still be able to rely on the recourse of indigenous rights at international law.... Kahnawake probably funds half of the law firms in Montreal and they have a concise and short Memorandum of Understanding between Kahnawake and Canada, which can be rescinded within thirty days, by either of the two parties. I can see Scotchfort's point: not only is there a Kahnawake, there are also many other Mohawk in the province of Quebec, as well as a neighbouring Mohawk reserve with a land-based casino... rightfully, legally, and also dutifully approved at international law, by Québec.

  • kim p.
    March 21, 2015 - 14:55

    There is no going forward on that illegitimately spent million dollars on secret professional services. As they all say, the gaming committee closed their file a long time ago, and walked away from their negligence and now likely, in my opinion, outright fraud - a very rare kind of constitutional fraud by a province and international human rights violation. It was secret fund run through Mi'kmaq accounts. They are hiding behind the Confederacy, and I guess that they were always intending to hide behind the Confederacy in this heavily thought out regulatory regime. The provincial and non-native investors' financial involvement (likely majority take) tanked the legitimacy of sovereignty. And, when the light of day hit the regime, they realized that "they" couldn't (when caught) legitimately claim a colour of right, in hindsight, with early quick proceeds in investors' hand (on as large an immediate scales as possible based on the ICE launch). The risks to the Mi'kmaq, in my opinion, have never changed. And, the gaming committee kept on billing them for the new approach for the company-province relationship going forward, i.e. the loyalty cards, irrelevant to the Mi'kmaq let alone their future gaming opportunities. The Premier's audit doesn't include an audit of the legal services or the lawyers involved. And, he recently appointed a someone who is in an egregious conflict of interest with at least one of these lawyers (possibly other legal investors) as the interim conflicts commissioner. They (the island's Liberal and PC "elite") are working together to protect the lawyers involved as advisors or as investors, and their investing friends, family, close business affiliates, etc. I mean, God, he was finally happy. The Code of Professional Conduct should be ignored (and deficiencies in legal advice to the paying client put aside)... I mean, dear God, on the greater balance....and this could reflect poorly on the legal community as a whole.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    March 21, 2015 - 14:19

    Please allow me to comment on this blatant arrogant comment made by a Premier that is totally in touch with his back room boys, as always, but he is totally out of touch with the average joe. If he is all about transparency then open up the financial records of the province to the people. It only takes political will. You should do it while still in office as this type of stench can stick to you like excrement. I am sure you know to what I am speaking. The people are not concerned with the trifles, the expense accounts records. We want to see who signed the cheques, to whom the monies were given, loaned, granted, etc., etc., the amounts, and terms of any loans. You know of course, that this will mean the end of Liberals and Conservatives for a while. Investigate first, but it is my opinion that both the Liberal and Conservative parties should be dissolved as they have both operated unethically to say the least and criminally at worst. Regardless, both parties have not only permitted the corrupted unethical behavior of some members, but they have embraced it. Racketeering at its' finest. OHHH, the taste of power that corrupts. If you need new guidelines, try the 10 Commandments.

  • reality
    March 21, 2015 - 13:43

    while you are talking Mr Rankin--tell us about your role in the Catherine Callbeck 7.5% theft of peoples wages !!!!!!!

  • Cromwell
    March 21, 2015 - 11:12

    Why did 'The Guardian' remove this from the 'front page' of its website? Could it be because the vast majority of comments were opposed to the Liberals handling of the PNP programme (while recognising that the sleaze started on the Conservatives watch)? Mr. MacLauchlan does not cover himself in glory with his fatuous comments (standard fare for an academic!), yet Islanders are concerned with the corruption emanating from the PNP fiasco, where politicians of all political stripes benefited, together with Island business men. Equally, let's not forget the role that influential businessmen within the Island's Chinese community played, since they would be best placed to find immigrants willing to pay the reported $40,000 for permanent residency. It is also likely that some of the 6,000 Chinese who have moved to PEI over the course of the last 6 years have done so by becoming 'indentured' to members of their community, in a manner similar to the more than 500 Tamils who arrived in BC some 3 or 4 years, being indentured to members of Canada's Tamil communities. Given that Mr. MacLauchlan has publicly stated his ambition to increase the Island's population through increased immigration (it is to be noted that currently more Canadians are leaving PEI than moving to it), this will only be achieved through a continuation of PNP or a derivative of this programme. As such, a very detailed and open review has to be made, by an agency with absolutely no ties to any of the Island groups.

  • reality
    March 21, 2015 - 09:04

    are you going to vote for a PNP POLITICIAN ? some of the names put forward for the upcoming election are people already have been graced by pnp benefits !!

  • Bogas INCs
    March 21, 2015 - 07:45

    Wade MacLauchlan Said in his speech,we will have a open and fair government. Ya right.This PNP fiesco will not go away until the complete investigation is done.I would like to know the names and money total the last two and a half pages of the report.I have not heard of só many bogas INCs in all my life.get this mess fixed up so we can move on to a brand new government and a good honest leader ( is there such a thing anymore ). Start this investigation now.

  • Adolphus
    March 20, 2015 - 20:30

    It is interesting to see the 'iconic' Allan Rankin attempt to fill Jack MacAndrew's boots (which were, let's face it, not always completely clean). After beatification ( before becoming an actual Saint) there is a strong investigation of those who live in glass houses. Perhaps in a future article Mr. Rankin could reveal that it was he, in fact, who devised the infamous 7.5% wage rollback to civil servants. To 're-use' but a portion of this present article - "it was a clandestine operation. It was something that not many people were in on". Well put, in both cases. Go for it, Mr. Rankin - refute this claim. The pigeons are coming home to roost.

  • Disillusioned
    March 20, 2015 - 20:21

    The only way we'll ever get rid of the ridiculously corrupt situation here on PEI is to vote for a party that is not red or blue - otherwise the old ways will continue. A big shake-up is long overdue!!

  • Kim Petrie
    March 20, 2015 - 19:28

    Guardian, please do post my final two reports. My personal email is: for anyone / any party who wish to respond to me directly. - kim.

  • Kim Petrie
    March 20, 2015 - 19:12

    It is atrocious that the Mi'kmaq Confederacy have been left to defend their honour in this matter in the media. Their international right to sovereignty has, and will always be, the very same throughout. The Confederacy, at their outset, went to the government of P.E.I. and asked if they could possibly do what Kahnawake is doing. And, now they are in the media defending the faults of the others, including 'their' lawyers' fees. If the gaming had proceeded, and then was investigated by the federal government and/or the RCMP, at that distinguishing point, the e-gaming operators (i.e. the Mik'maq) would / could have sentenced to up to two years of incarceration. This was always the case. The government and the "Mi'kmaq's" lawyers, i.e. the "gaming commitee", pulled the plug on the plan when this possible sentence was likely to also have been extended to either the government members and/ or the computer company and /or possibly even to the "Mi'kmaq's" lawyers (or the friends, family, and also business affiliates of any of the above). In my opinion, a full-blown Mi'kmaq sovereignty claim (which would exclude the Criminal Code of Canada) might very well also negate Aboriginal and treaty rights under section 35(1) of the Constitution of Canada, notwithstanding the legal advice given to the Mi'kmaq (these consequences of the online gaming program might not even have been legally considered). I highly suspect, that after the online gaming plan was cancelled (after a hot tip at the UK conference), the gaming committee continued to expend and deplete the $990,000.00 loan to the Mi'kmaq... to continue to consider other operations and loyalty card initiatives between the heavily government and legal community invested computer platform company and the provincial government...with absolutely no benefit to the Mi'kmaq Confederacy. (Certainly, they didn't deplete the whole of their funds in the planning of the UK launch?) There is plainly a LSPEI investigation for professional misconduct here; and, I suggest a federal and provincial governmental fiduciary obligation to investigate and report these abuses to the public. The current mandate of the P.E.I. Auditor General has no mandate to investigate the legal advice. I do not think that any legal investor (in any subsidiaries or affiliates or numbered companies) have an colour of right to allege an after the fact misinterpretation of the very laws in question, in this very situation. Like Dr. Sark, I think that most people know that only the Mi'kmaq could possibly benefit from their own sovereignty, and that their own sovereignty has not been fully approved via Mi'kmaq traditional law, and also in cooperation with the federal government, like Kahnawake, for the purposes and also for the very purposeful intent of inter-governmental respect. kp

  • Kim P.
    March 20, 2015 - 18:30

    Re the online gaming initiative, I think that this is a matter of some members of the government, and also many lawyers, actually hoping to learn from and replicate our PNP's past early successes, rather than dwell on its eventual tightening up by the federal government, and its "mistakes". The "gray areas" of immigration law and regulations, and provincial nominee programs, left them a perhaps then innocent loop hole in the beginning (I make no comment thereto as I wasn't paying attention), even though, clearly, the intents and spirit of the nominee programs were not then being advanced. Regardless of the eventual tightening up, the early consultants walked away money in hand. By way of example, Pat Binns' great friend "Norman" got in on the consultancy angle from its initial conception; and years later, the once office runner for McInnes Cooper is now the principal of Clarey Consulting Ltd., a consultancy company which is now hosting bonspiels and making hospital donations. In light of my recent Globe and Mail inspired consideration of the Mi'kmaq gaming file, this sort of PNP success may very well be a new model of profiteering, for early runs and cash grabs in gray legal areas. I highly suspect that the allegedly "Mi'kmaq" online gaming plan was cancelled after the gaming committee received a hot tip at the ICE World Gaming Conference in January 24-26: I highly suspect that they (or some of them) were advised that the government and the computer platform's plan to benefit, likely primarily benefit, from the proceeds, to the detriment of the Mi'kmaq, would be considered - by one and all - to be criminally, and constitutionally - and also on an internationally - fraudulent. To the government members and lawyers, this new revelation at the conference would remove any remote chance of an 'after the fact' claim of 'a colour of right' (a mistaken legal right) under arguably blurry interpretations of section 207 of the Criminal Code and interpretations of the Canadian Constitution by the SCC, allegedly conjoined with, recent federal governmental responses to Kahnawake and, possibly even, in consideration of international laws and covenants on indigenous rights to self-determination ( if any of "those laws" were even remotely considered). From the very outset, the government killed any remote grayness, or colour of right, of any aboriginal claim by their very own involvement, and financial interests, let alone the primary involvement of a computer platform company which they were all personally investing in, and/or via their friends, families, and/or business colleagues. Most of what I know about Kahnawake is from their website. They collect no federal nor provincial taxes and, of course, maintain all of their very own sovereign proceeds from their own online gaming initiatives. And, these online gaming proceeds are applied solely towards their own independently financed educational, civil and social services, including judicial and policing services; they also publicize their licensing protocols and claim publicly, on their website, they are a sovereign state; although, there is also a short Memorandum of Understanding between Kahnawake and Canada on a list of other financial, programmatic, and property issues and other matters - which can be rescinded by the Kahnawake (or Canada) within thirty days...(haha); and, there have also been decades of inter-governmental negotiations between the Mohawks and Canada regarding their self-governance and their indigenous claims and Constitutional rights to sovereignty. The obvious turning point in the $990,000 dollar legal and business analysis, was the ICE World Gaming Conference in January 24-26, 2012, in London, United Kingdom. In media reports, there were strangely confused account about Mi'kmaq Confederacy funded trip to London, UK for a conference: it was initially reported as occurring in 2012; but then they changed it to 2011 (can't imagine why). But, it is clear that Simplex's report in Sept. 2011 comments on "an egaming and regulatory regime ready for launch at the market as agreed at the International Gaming Conference (ICE) in London during January 2012". I googled it and there actually was a conference held in London on January 24-26, 2012. And, I guess a lot of the $990,000.00 loan to the Mi'kmaq Confederacy (and paid through their legal expenses in their annual audits) were paid to support this exceptional launch.... strangely, a couple of days after their return, Mr. Scales sent an email around on January 30, 2012 calling for a meeting with all of the "stakeholders". The meeting was held in early February, 2012, and the province told everyone, including the Mi'kmaq Confederacy, that the online gaming initiative was no longer going forward due to alleged legal technicalities. I highly doubt and cannot imagine how Mi'kmaq interests, in and of themselves, could possibly have been changed by any information provided to the gaming committee at the London conference. We all know about Kahnawake and R. v. Pamajewon, as astutely pointed out by Keptin John J. Sark. I think the gaming committee (and friends and family and business colleagues) took a short haul run at quick profitability; and, felt that, like the very early beneficiaries of the PNP, when the plug is eventually pulled, they could, money in hand, put on a stiff upper lip / feign ignorance and/or a misinterpreted colour of right under the vagueness of native international legal sovereignty rights in Canada. But then they jettisoned the project when they realized that only the Mi'kmaq nation could profit, with the exception of incidental contractual computer platform costs.

    March 20, 2015 - 17:50

    So has Rankin been involved in some sort of cover-up ever since he knew about the abuse under Binns administration ? Why is he just coming out now with this information interesting as it may be ? Did he help the RCMP ?

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    March 20, 2015 - 17:20

    It's almost time to get out with the pitch forks and close down the government until we are confident we are not being looted by our government servants. WADE knows lots about keeping secrets but very little in the subject of honesty, transparency, accountability and openness. He knows accountability to the party but not to the people. Lantz is just a burp, some indigestion. There should be a vote of non confidence as soon as the legislature opens. WADE would do well to get out in front of this, but I think the Libs and Conservs know their time is up and there is just so much blatant arrogance of the ruling class in PEI. They think they are immune to our laws. Their corrupted lawyers advise them to skirt the law. Is that the kind of honesty you want? The examples being set for our young people, by this and the previous governments, is shameful at best, and criminal at worst. If you are party members, take responsibility for your party and throw out the corrupted ones. If they refuse to clean house from the top down, it must be done from the bottom up, in each party. You all know who owns the Libs and the Conservs. Get rid of them and their corrupted lawyers.

    • perhaps
      March 21, 2015 - 16:43

      Perhaps we start with Health Care, Social Services, Access PEI, and Education? These are all government. Which islanders do you want to deprive of services while you blame the New World Order/Illuminati?

    • What a waste of space and time!
      March 21, 2015 - 20:58

      Bill Kays: I would think that there are a lot of other readers who see your name and picture and skip over your words as quickly as possible! Your comment on everything and sometimes, more than once; and all of your comments NEVER make any sense! I have given up on your comments months ago; and think others have as well!! Please give it up!!!!

  • jane Q
    March 20, 2015 - 15:48

    We must remember where this is coming from a man that knew something criminal was happening under his watch and did nothing about it!! Why didn't he contact the RCMP ?

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      March 20, 2015 - 17:38

      Why isn't the RCMP contacting him would be another question? What are they waiting for, a complaint. If I could get to the barracks I would swear out a complaint against the whole of the cabinet for breach of public trust just to get the ball rolling.

    • the legal difference
      March 21, 2015 - 09:54

      The administration of PNP wasn't criminal. RCMP and CBSA have investigated and found no crime was committed. But the way PNP was administered was HIGHLY unethical. That's the difference and Rankin is criticizing his own party for the latter. They, along with the PCs who started the PNP back under Binns' watch, have made a shambles of ethics in PEI. Not that there was much ethical behaviour by public officials - elected or in the bureaucracy - beforehand. What MacLauchlan should do is run a clean slate of candidates for the next election - people with no connection whatsoever to the corridors of power in the party. And he should also lay off every single deputy minister, director and manager in the civil service and restructure the entire bureaucracy by hiring a-new, basing the hiring on MERIT and not previous political allegiance.

    • really
      March 21, 2015 - 16:52

      Every single manager everywhere? If they were not involved, or proven to be involved, how many millions do you want to pay out for wrongful dismissal? How many millions in court fees do you want to spend fighting all the civil suits? I know that if I was fired in a witch hunt for something I wasn't involved in, my next stop would be a lawyers office.

    • FOGGY
      March 22, 2015 - 18:00

      the legal difference@ PNP units were to go to existing businesses only . Those units that went to non existing businesses were given in fraud . Any lawyer or professional involved in that transaction should suffer the consequences and disbarment is one of them . Fraud is crime , ask anyone who went to jail for forging a cheque or cheating on an EI claim .

  • Brave of him to come FWD....but...with his pension
    March 20, 2015 - 15:43

    I admire RANKIN for coming fwd when he did,a little disaappointed he did not do it during the last election...when islanders may have gotten some of their money back,instead the foxes were in charge of the chicken coop again and raked it with the gambling fiasco.How can we elect this GOVT again....when so much blatant personal enrichment took place? and some are still at the cabinet table.

  • Observer
    March 20, 2015 - 15:16

    I am not a supporter of the Green Party; but I agree with their leader; in that there should be a full public inquiry into the PNP file! I know that likely most of the businesses followed the rules and they should be allowed to keep the $50,000.00 per unit of PNP! However; those fake businesses under a disguised numbered account, listing their wife as partner in the business, and receiving multiple units of $50,000.00, should be forced to repay every cent ,or face jail time for fraud! Even though Tories were involved in fraudulent claims; I hope that Rob Lantz has the gumption; for lack of a better word,to call for a full public inquiry; now that Wade has said that he is not going to anything more on the PNP issue!

  • From Away
    March 20, 2015 - 14:34

    Good on you Mr. Rankin. It's a shame that the goverment hardly has funds to plow the roads but can provide PNP funds and non repayment loans to the "inner circle". PEI is becoming a laughing stock around the country (read the Globe and Mail) and one wonders why our tax dollars here in Ontario end up in crooks pockets on the Island indirectly through transfer payments. People are sick of financing Hotels/cottages, Steak Houses, Ice Cream shops, and travel to Florida with numbered companies. How can these guys possibly win another election??? If they do, stop these posts and live with it!!!!!

  • RH
    March 20, 2015 - 12:54

    Transparency to me includes sending Alan Campbell packing, he was Minister while al this was taking place. - No special projects for him, - out the door. It also includes asking Minister Roach for his resignation. He became minister of this department and must have seen what was going on, and he certainly is responsible for trying to hide the loan write-offs. Then come and ask me for my vote, -- and I will consider it.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      March 20, 2015 - 17:44

      Transparency and Wade do not seem to mix. I would assume that accountability would not mix either, but hey, that's my personal opinion. They all have to go, not just Alan Campbell, the whole previous cabinet and Liberal and Conservative both. They have all colluded to allow this to happen for generations. I just want to see the records for the last 3 or 4 governments. It should all be open to the public if it involves public monies and the people's servants.

  • Jimmy Buffet
    March 20, 2015 - 11:32

    PNP units went to businesses that did not exist when the conservatives were in according to Rankin . The lawyers who signed off on these fraudulent deals should be disbarred to begin with . Same thing with the accontants , your done ! The money should be paid back in full . Canada Revenue Agency and the RCMP should be called in to look at ALL fraudulent dealings . There is more to this than conflict of interest and ethics , there were crimes committed . Those involved must be held accountable in the public interest .

  • John Q.
    March 20, 2015 - 11:32

    Well if Wade says PNP and was investigated enough, that fine for me. Lets brush that one under the carpet. And $22 million for Rodds, if Wade says its fine, then I have no problems with it. E-gaming...just make sure the report is delayed until after election.

  • ML King
    March 20, 2015 - 11:31

    If there is any honor and decency the rest of those involved will come forward. Nobody? Enough said.

  • Bernadette Mulligan
    March 20, 2015 - 10:53

    QUESTION ? I want to know when are we as taxpayers, and Islanders going to stand up and demand that everyone in the PNP, cover-up be named and then be charged. ??? Liberals & Conservatives & Civil Servants & all the back room, No Name-No Guts people, including , family & friends of all these people, as well !!! We { you & I } hold the power, because you & I can vote for the woman or man that has the intregity to put a STOP to this stealing of our money, now !!! Please stand up with me, because, our Island's future is in your's & my hands. History will tell the real truth, however, you & I are responsible for what will be in those history books. Thanks, for listening !!! Bernadette. Mulligan, Kinkora, PE

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      March 20, 2015 - 17:48

      Very well said Bernadette and I am glad you used your name to make your comment. It only takes a little courage to use your name to make your comments, rather than anonymously.

  • Just an opinion
    March 20, 2015 - 10:09

    I believe you cut your Florida winter very short and agreed to take over the sinking ship with very good intentions but needed to promise to keep what was in the past, in the past. The corruption is far too deep to simply say, "We won't do it anymore!" I also believe the folks you have around you who are in the know, agreed not to run for leader with the understanding that everything would be kept quiet. You are currently, again I believe, the 32nd Premier of PEI. If you don't want to be an embarrassing "30 Second Premier" scapegoat, I would take off your legal hat and clean house. It is no coincidence the Liberals chose a lawyer as a leader. You are too smart and have a reputable family name to allow these folks to ruin a name that took your father over 50-80 years to build. Just an opinion. I do believe you are the best available to run, just step up, clean house. Martha Stewart went to jail when she thought she was above the law, allow the chips to fall where they fall.

    • Mary
      March 20, 2015 - 12:53

      Hear, hear. Great comment. (Although MacLauchlan is rapidly demonstrating that he is NOT "the best available to run.")

    March 20, 2015 - 09:59

    “Premier MacLauchlan has committed to an enhanced emphasis on openness and transparency within government......Useless weasel words!

  • Careful reader
    March 20, 2015 - 09:04

    Questions: How does a person "commit to an emphasis"? How can "this" "include" "announcements"? And what does "this" refer to anyway -- the commitment or the "emphasis"? Why is Premier MacLauchlan so enchanted with the idea of "enhancing"? Is Premier MacLauchlan an entity entirely separate from the "Government" which, according to this statement, is also making commitments? Why is the "Government" merely committing itself to "consider" measures? For the sake of good grammar, should not "extending" be revised to "extend"? Does "openness and transparency" (the object of Premier MacLauchlan's "commitment") differ from "transparency and accountability" (the object of the Government's yet-to-be-considered "measures")? Should the civil servant who wrote this nonsensical gibberish be sent back to UPEI to take a remedial course in English composition?

    • Martin
      March 20, 2015 - 13:58

      Should the civil servant who wrote this nonsensical gibberish be sent back to UPEI to take a remedial course in English composition? Ha Ha Ha YES

    March 20, 2015 - 08:36

    Maybe if Rankin has some real proof he could put some people in jail or have moneys paid back . Other than that this just seems like that saying a woman scorned or some such , maybe someone reading this can finish this thought , it escapes me at the moment . Beware ??? ...something like that .

  • Wayne
    March 20, 2015 - 08:03

    A lifelong Liberal who was in a position to see EXACTLY what was going on warning against corruption and conflicts then getting the boot to the door. The info provided by the 3 ladies whose live were ruined the Premier's office coverups should also be brought back out and i'm sorry but, even if an old friend from school loses his/her job or goes to jail, we must look into this. ANY OTHER PART OF NORTH AMERICA AND THESE FOLKS ARE IN JAIL! If Mr. Lantz does not wish to press, lets take Mr. Redman.

    • Mary
      March 20, 2015 - 12:47

      Yes, Lantz has been a great disappointment. If he actually wanted to win this election, wouldn't he be attacking the evident corruption of the Liberals? The conclusion is obvious ....

    • Tyrone
      March 20, 2015 - 16:41

      Lantz has been putting out a number of statements and press releases on the egaming file and none have been picked up by The Guardian or CBC. Go to the PC Party website and you will see several.

  • hammer
    March 20, 2015 - 08:01

    Ghiz would never do anything underhanded. A fine leader and true to the people.

  • Mark
    March 20, 2015 - 07:38

    There needs to be independent investigations into any suspecious activities involving MPs. The guilty need to start losing pensions and possible jail time!

  • Sam
    March 20, 2015 - 07:38

    So what else has the Premier done for us lately? Has he instructed the Privacy Commissioner to come out with her judgment on the "brown envelope" investigation? Has he asked for Minister Roach's resignation? Has he asked for a list of the cancelled loans, and made preparations for the public to have access to that? No? Sorry, I can't vote for him then.

  • Mark
    March 20, 2015 - 07:37

    There needs to be independent investigations into any suspecious activities involving MPs. The guilty need to start losing pensions and possible jail time!

  • Mary
    March 20, 2015 - 07:33

    So let me get this straight: The Premier has "committed to an emphasis" -- indeed, "an enhanced emphasis." Meanwhile, the Government (as opposed to the Premier, apparently) has "committed to consider additional measures." Gobbledy gook. Obviously MacLauchlan, who was hailed with such enthusiasm at his coronation, is even more contemptuous than his predecessor was concerning the intelligence of Islanders.

  • Donald
    March 20, 2015 - 07:33

    I can't believe the number of cabinet ministers and liberal MLAs, that were party to all this, have the nerve to show their faces in an other election and expect us to vote for them.. They are just as guilty as Ghiz, they were part of 'the team.' Of course we, the electorate, are also guilty, in stupidly electing the gang for a second term.

  • Quiet Observer
    March 20, 2015 - 07:31

    "Rankin alleges the former Progressive Conservative government abused the program before the Liberals took office, investing immigrant monies into local businesses that didn’t actually exist." Verifies why the Tory backroom did everything they could to sabotage, discredit, malign and get rid of Olive. Several of those backroomers made a lot of money off the PNP and did everything they could to get rid of Olive so it would be kept secret. Does Rob Lantz have the integrity to call for a full investigation of PNP or has he been bought and paid for by these backroomers?

  • George
    March 20, 2015 - 07:27

    We all knew there was rot in the Ghiz regime, but I think most people are floored at just how bad it was. Unless Wade wakes up and takes some action, he will be handing the Premier ship to Lantz on a silver platter. .

  • reality
    March 20, 2015 - 07:24

    Question is "How many more innocent bystanders will have something to say ?" Many, many more, i hope!! From both the LIBERAL and CONSERVATIVE parties ----members, back room pushers, etc etc etc

  • willow
    March 20, 2015 - 07:24

    Has the Premier taken steps yet to find out how he can get rid of McMillan without using a pile of taxpayers money?

  • Rolf
    March 20, 2015 - 07:19

    It is unfortunate Mr. Maclaughlan fell into this mess, and his handling of it lacking. I believe he would have been a great Premier. The difficulty of distancing himself is obvious. Many of the Ministers that had a hand in it and sat idle by while Ghiz and his boys made mockery of governing, is again seeking office. People like Roach, since much of the dirt took place on his watch, for instance should have given the new Premier the benefit of his resignation. Even now, the Premier could go a long way towards transparency by asking him to retire.

  • Karl Proude.
    March 20, 2015 - 07:17

    So if the power's to be (e.g.) RCMP, A.G. Office or who ever investigated any of this corruption, cannot bring these people to the table for justice I guess what we as Islanders have to do is take the opportunity for corruptions away from them. Vote for other parties. Let's at least give others some representation so that they can have some voice in House and to try to keep it honest. However I do realize that I am still speaking about a politician and honesty in the same sentance. Sad that we feel that way about it. So in ending, let us get rid of all this snow, 27 members, perks, pensions etc. Let's look at bringing some fall colours, or keeping our Island green for a few years. What do we have to loose other then a few underhanded politician.( REMEMER TO VOTE FOR SURE)

  • reality
    March 20, 2015 - 06:58

    the entitlement and the entitled will prevail

  • not enough
    March 20, 2015 - 06:52

    All words that don't mean a thing, transparency for the future is fine, but MacLaughlan has the power to also shed light on the past. If he does not do that he condones it, and we can expect more of the same. A great number of the liberal candidates for the next election were party to Ghiz` deceit, secrecy and mismanagement, we need to know if they objected or condoned what was going on. Come clean on the loans, conduct a proper investigation into e-game including the names of the 34 shareholders. Your attempts at transparency is not enough for us to vote for you. If you meant it Roach would be gone, and Dow removed as counsel to Innovation.

  • Big Joe
    March 20, 2015 - 06:23

    I bought a Corvette and a camper bus with my PNP units suckers ha ha ha ha .