Georgia Straight: NDP housing critic David Eby seeks investigation into “leak” of information on foreign-buyer tax to marketer Bob Rennie

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August 3, 2016 | Carlito Pablo

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Eby said that he has written Clark asking for an investigation.

“We’ve asked the premier to look into this assuming that she didn’t just tell him herself that this was happening,” Eby said in a news conference today (August 2).

He has raised a number of questions in his letter to the premier.

“Who told Mr. Rennie in advance of the public announcement?” Eby told reporters at his West Broadway office. “Why was he told, whether it was in relation to his capacity as chair of the fundraiser committee for the B.C. Liberal Party or a major donor? Why was he told?

“What possible benefit could there be in him having personal knowledge as someone uniquely positioned to profit from this information?” the NDP MLA continued. “And did he act on this information? Did he engage in real estate transactions based on this insider information? Or did he tell his clients about this information and encouraged them to act on it?”

Eby also said that Finance Minister Mike de Jong should resign if it is proven later that Rennie received advance information about the tax.

“Parliamentary tradition in the British system of government is that the finance minister is personally responsible for leaks of tax information or budget information that comes out before the official announcement,” he said. “And so the tradition is that the finance minister has to resign. And so these are very serious consequences if in fact information was leaked to Mr. Rennie. Certainly for the finance minister, because this information is so sensitive, and because people can profit from using this information.”

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