Click Here for a complete list of Aquilini Donations to the BC Liberals since 2005.
And from the Tyee Newspaper in 2013:
Extract from the Tyee article:
Aquilini Fights to Keep Financial Empire Secrets
Nearly a million dollars in political donations
The Elections BC database lists $968,495 of political donations from Francesco Aquilini and various companies, such as Aquilini Development and Construction Inc., Aquilini Group Properties LP, 1941 Garibaldi, Parkview Terrace-Franklin, Renfrew Garden, Triumph 1975, Aquilini Renewable Energy LP, Camp Developments Corp., GERI Partnership, K&L Land Partnership, K and A Investments and Tri Power Developments LP.
Most donations went to the BC Liberals; the 2007 ownership trial heard how Francesco socialized with former finance minister Gary Collins and now-deputy premier Rich Coleman.
The NDP did receive $120,000, in anticipation of the expected change of government that ultimately didn't occur
Globe and Mail links:
Letters to the Editor of Pique Newsmagazine on the B.C. Environmental Assessment process:
Here's Melyssa Desilles of My Sea to Sky, Howe Sound writing to Pique newsmagazine, March 24th, 2016 about the EAO decision which granted approval for Woodfibre LNG project.
The many failings of the BC Environmental Assessment process — government as industry cheerleader, proponent-supplied "science," no cross-examination of evidence, disdain for local input and consultation, inadequate notice and short response periods — fell seriously short of a fair and balanced EA approach.
It should be added that the EAO made its decision on GAS in part on the environmental assessment provided by the proponent's consulting firm - ENKON environmental. The ENKON assessment admitted that it only studied the GAS project area and did not take into account regional impacts. It was noticeable in several areas that wildlife disruptions were glossed over with meaningless generalizations. For example, the report did not identify where mountain goats overwintering at Brohm Ridge give birth after they migrate to summer range. This is given as evidence there is no impact on mountain goats.
There should be an independent environmental assessment not one commissioned by the proponent. It leads to the stench surrounding the EAO process as pointed out by Melyssa Desilles.
A second letter to Pique the following week from Tracey Saxby, concerned citizen of Squamish and co-founder of My Sea to Sky and addressed to The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change in Ottawa:
Ms. Saxby writes,
You [The Honourable Catherine McKenna] also state, "The Woodfibre LNG Project underwent a thorough, science-based environmental assessment that considered public and Indigenous input and views."
I counter that the provincial environmental assessment process has been a complete sham. This stems from the fact that the provincial ministers responsible for issuing the B.C. Environmental Assessment Certificate have a conflict of interest as the B.C. Liberals have a mandate to develop LNG export facilities. This seriously undermines the integrity of the process.