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BC Liberal MLA Randy Hawes: LDB Privatization Must Be Open, Transparent

The privatization of BC's Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has the embattled BC Liberal government dealing with another controversy. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information act last week show the provincial government had not intended to privatize the LDB until it was approached by a company using a lobbyist with connections to the party. Solicitor General Shirley Bond met with Exel Logistics and the President of its lobbying group, Patrick Kinsella, last summer. Kinsella is a former advisor of Christy Clark and Campaign Manager for Gordon Campbell. Exel is now one of six companies bidding for the liquor distribution contract. This week, MLA Randy Hawes has expressed his concern about this deal. The MLA for Abbotsford-Mission joined us now for more on the story.

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