Thursday, October 6, 2011

Liberal Jim Bradley named in $275M NAFTA claim

Looks like Liberal Jim Bradley is in the news (but not the kind of news which the St .Catharines Liberal Shoeshine Standard would want to print about GoldenJim!) The Oct.7, 2011 Daily Commercial News writes:

"St Marys Cement claims interference on Hamilton, Ontario quarry
St Marys VCNA, LLC has submitted its claim for NAFTA Chapter Eleven Arbitration alleging Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty government was so politically motivated to secure a Hamilton-area provincial seat, and to benefit Liberal political insiders, that it used a Minister’s Zoning Order and Declaration of Provincial interest — for the first time ever in a quarry application — to kill the Flamborough Quarry.
St Marys’ claim alleges that: Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, took extraordinary and unprecedented steps to kill a proposed quarry that is adjacent to the home of his former senior staffer and the staffer’s wife, who was a senior adviser to Liberal Premier David Peterson; the government facilitated funding and legal assistance to the community group fighting St Marys’ quarry through the Greenbelt Foundation, chaired by former Premier Peterson’s senior policy advisor; and despite an exhaustive FOI request, the government records that were provided did not contain any scientific evidence that the quarry would compromise the watershed, water quality or quantity, wetlands, or the natural environment or any scientific reason to deny St Marys the right to a fair and impartial hearing.
The Liberals narrowly won the riding in question, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale, by margin of 6.7 per cent in the 2007 election.
St Marys is seeking damages of not less than $US275 million in compensation for the loss, harm, injury, loss of reputation and damage imposed by various governments.
In 2006, St Marys Cement Inc. (Canada), the Canadian subsidiary, took over an application for a license to extract high quality aggregate from a site it purchased in Flamborough. In April 2010, then Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Jim Bradley, imposed a Minister’s Zoning Order on the site. After St Marys Cement appealed this decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the government issued, in April 2011, a Declaration of Provincial Interest which gave it license to overturn any OMB decision. "
So this is how secretive Ole Liberal Jimmy operates!
We're waiting for the Metcalfian wrong-righters at the St.Catharines Standard to look into this (why haven't they yet?!); to examine how the millions of tax dollars poured into the Greenbelt Foundation are being "utilized" for Liberal political purposes; to ask their buddy Jimmy all about it.
ha ha ha... as if ...
Get ready for more Liberal unaccountability, more Liberal lies, more taxes, more GreenFear, more Liberal despotism.

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