Friday , January 22 2021

PC's claiming Liberal & quot; crooked order & # 39; in numbered company area unsuccessful

Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie invites the Premier to examine one of his ministers, over comments Steve Crocker made in the legislature in connection with the potential sale of Crown land to a numbered company.

"If I was a prime minister, I would be deeply concerned that a minister is in my cabinet, which either misleads Parliament or completely incompetent," Crosbie said in a press release.

In the question last month, the opposition tigers asked Crocker about his department's relationship with a numbered company that was interested in buying Crown land near Team Gushue Highway a year ago.

Crocker told the legislature on November 14, "There was no direction to sell this country."

But the TORENS released e-mails obtained through access to information as they say contradicts these comments.

An official from transport and works wrote in an November 2017 email that "I have been ordered to sell it to 80521 N.L. Ltd. on Wednesday."

The same numbered company ended up buying land in the White Hills area of ​​St. John's where Canopy Growth builds a state-funded cannabis production facility.

Crosbie believes that the e-mail is a smoking gun.

"We now have evidence that there is a curly order on the move to build the backs of liberal insiders," he said during a media crisis on Thursday.

E-mails show a government employee saying they were ordered to sell the ground near Mews Place to the same numbered company involved in the Canopy Growth agreement. (Newfoundland and Labrador Government)

The email does not identify the person who made any order.

The sale of Crown land did not happen – Crosbie said it was stopped by public officials who raised concerns about the lack of a public procurement process.

E-mails do not show a final reason why the agreement did not go ahead, but showed that there were problems with drainage.

The Canopy Growth transaction has triggered controversy in the assembly house.

"Nobody who sees these documents should have any doubts about the need to call the auditor's general to investigate Ball Government's collaboration with Canopy Growth and the numbered company," said Crosbie in the release.

"Everything about this stinks."

Crocker is expected to talk to reporters on Thursday afternoon.

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