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McIntosh Revelations Show Liberal Government Priorities Are Completely Out of Touch: Crosbie
“The people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve answers to these questions” said Crosbie.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (February 5, 2020) – The Official Opposition has learned that Nalcor was billed over $10,000, including $6,796.99 for airfare, by its Scotland-based consultant, Gordon McIntosh, for a conference sponsored by Aberdeen International Associates Limited, a company whose only owners are McIntosh and his son. This is in addition to his $3,000 a month housing allowance for his part-time residency in Newfoundland and Labrador and an average of $1,000 a month in phone related expenses.

PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said “I have a constituent who is in the battle of his life, denied his $800 a month medication, while the Liberal Government hire their friends to fatten their pockets. As we’ve seen with the Carla Foote scandal, this is just further evidence of gross mismanagement by this Liberal Government when tax payer dollars could save a life”.

“Gordon McIntosh was politically hired under an exclusive sole-sourced contract, doubling his pay, and now we discover what appears to be yet another conflict of interest. McIntosh billed travel and expenses, on top of his lucrative $336,000 contract, to attend a conference that his company sponsors, his son organizes, and that it appears he was a keynote speaker”, said Crosbie.

The PC Opposition are questioning what work Gordon McIntosh actually did on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador at this conference in South America. Did McIntosh receive any other payments or kickbacks from ticket sales or from this speaking engagement? Is his son or company receiving any financial compensation for organizing this conference while the people of Newfoundland and Labrador foot the bill? Is McIntosh using Newfoundland and Labrador tax payer money to further his own private business interests?

“The people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve answers to these questions” said Crosbie.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

 

Backgrounder

 

The flight left Aberdeen on October 19 and returned on October 27. The expense claim stated the purpose of the October 2019 trip as being “to participate in NOIA trade mission to Guyana and Suriname plus further actions in MOU action plan”. (see pages 5, 14, 112, 113)
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The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (NOIA), with support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII), organized an Atlantic Canada trade mission to Guyana and Suriname from October 21-25, 2019. https://www.noia.ca/News-Events/Past-Events/?type=N&id=289 / http://www.tradenl.ca/atlantic-canada-trade-mission-to-guyana-suriname-o...
 

Concurrently, the One Basin Three Nations Energy Conference for the Guianas was held in Suriname on October 24-25. https://oilnow.gy/featured/one-basin-three-countries-seminar-opens-in-su...
 

One Basin Three Nations (OBTN) describes itself as “a homegrown private initiative formulated by local entrepreneur group with consulting from international Energy experts.” Its goal is “to establish One Basin Three Nations as the premier Energy Seminar / Conference band in the Guiana’s and region.” The three nations are Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. https://onebasinthreenations.com
 

Among the OBTN sponsors, listed as an OBTN Partner, is Aberdeen International Associated (AIA). https://onebasinthreenations.com/sponsors
 

“Neil McIntosh (Scotland) Managing Director Aberdeen International Associates” is listed as a conference committee member. https://onebasinthreenations.com/speakers
 

According to its corporate filing, Aberdeen International Associates Limited lists as its “Ultimate Beneficial Owners” only “Mr Neil Gordon Mcintosh” and “Mr Gordon Alexander Mcintosh”. https://opencorporates.com/companies/gb/SC533309
 

Among the nine speakers listed for the 2019 OBTN Energy Conference was “Gordon McIntosh (Scotland) Chairman at Aderdeen International Associated Ltd”. https://onebasinthreenations.com/speakers

McIntosh Phone Bills:
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