Remember when Gary Lunn was demoted to Minister-In-Charge-Of-Hockey-Rinks after the last election?
And remember how we wondered, in the wake of some fantastic reportage from Andrew MacLeod in The Tyee and insightful commentary from Paul Willcocks in the Victoria Times-Colonist, if that demotion, perhaps, had something to do with 11th Hour-RoboCalls and/or the Third Party Advertisers that sprang out of nowhere to spend a big whack-o-cash when his Mr. Lunn's campaign suddenly hit the spending limit Wailing-Wall?
It turns out that Mr. MacLeod has just discovered that one of Mr. Lunn's very finest of the fine third party advertisers has very close, blue-hued /LINO-type connections to one of the folks pushing a mega-marina on the South-Isle.
Here's A.M.'s most recent lede:
"The man pushing the mega-yacht marina proposed for Victoria's inner harbour is married to the financial agent for one of five third-party advertisers that sprung up to support cabinet minister Gary Lunn in the last federal election......"
But that's only the half of it, because it turns out that a reverse back-flip from the piked-position indicates that the husband of the financial agent mentioned above actually has a marina-linked connection or, at the very least, a wafer-thin second degree of separation to the man that coordinated ALL four other Third Party Angels For Lunn:
".....Robert Evans is the vice-president of Community Marine Concepts, which is seeking a license from the province to occupy 2.63 hectares of Victoria harbour with a marina for 80-foot to 120-foot yachts. The company is working on the proposal with Alberta-based WAM Development Group. Getting the license requires approvals from various provincial and federal agencies.
Evans also shares a phone number and address with one Donna Evans. A real estate agent, Donna Evans was the financial agent for Common Sense Advocacy of Victoria, a group that spent $3,500 advertising in Victoria's daily newspaper in support of Lunn before the October, 2008, federal election.
Common Sense was one of five previously unknown groups to support Lunn during the election. The other four, the Tyee reported, all had the same financial agent, Mark Dickinson, and were registered out of the office of Bruce Hallsor, a federal Conservative with close ties to Lunn.
Hallsor, a provincial Liberal, has registered to lobby on behalf of WAM in Ottawa and has met with at least one provincial cabinet minister regarding the project, the Tyee reported....."
Gosh! (or should that be W(h)AM!)
What's next for Mr. Lunn now....