Q. What do the names Ken Boessenkool and Nigel Wright have in common?
A. Stephen Harper. They were once or are part of Harper's inner circle in the PMO. They both come from corporate entities with links to very big-ticket and controversial Conservative projects that have seen the rules and regulations bent, broken, ignored, or subverted in order to push them through.
Ken Boessenkool, as many of you know is a former Enbridge lobbyist who went on to become a senior and adviser to the prime minister and recently moved directly from there to a choice slot as BC premier Christie Clark's Chief of Staff. Enbridge, and both levels of government are very keen on building a something called the Northern Gateway pipeline, literally in spite of local communities and marine navigation safety.
Nigel Wright, before becoming Harper Chief of Staff, had among other things a directorship of Hawker Beechcraft Inc., owned by Onex Corp. of which he was a managing director and key 'deal maker'. Hawker Beechcraft Inc. is partnered with Lockheed Martin in selling the presently exploding F-35 to Canada.
I wonder what we'll find if we start pulling at some of these threads. Like Robocon, how deep does the rot go?