Tozer family linked to wind project
Miramichi's Tozer family is behind a newly-formed company called Greenfield Construction that is involved in a wind farm project on the Acadian peninsula.
Greenfield Construction was incorporated in April 2010, just as bankruptcy proceedings for most of the Atcon group of companies, which are owned by Robbie Tozer, were being finalized.
Tozer's Atcon company received $50-million in loan guarantees from the New Brunswick government in 2009, an amount the province had to pay when the firm went into receivership.
Now, Carolyn Tozer, Robbie Tozer's daughter, is listed as the lone director of Greenfield Construction.
Acciona Energy North America, the company behind a 45-megawatt wind park near Lamèque on the Acadian peninsula, said Greenfield is a subcontractor for the project.
An Acciona Energy spokesperson refused to reveal the value of Greenfield's involvement with the northeastern wind project.
No one from Greenfield Construction returned calls from CBC News.
It's not the first time a Tozer-led company has sought a New Brunswick wind power contract.
In 2007, Atcon was part of a consortium called SkyPower that wanted to build windmills to supply NB Power.
It ended in a lawsuit where NB Power's president and chief executive officer said the New Brunswick government pressured the utility to choose SkyPower and Atcon without an open bidding process.
David Hay, then president of NB Power, said in a court document the corporation refused the provincial government's request, saying that would be illegal.
The allegations were never proven in court, and SkyPower eventually dropped the lawsuit.
Acciona is a private company selected by NB Power to build the Lamèque windfarm.