A former B.C. Cabinet Minister has been fined $3000 for failing to register as a lobbyist.
An investigation by the Registrar of Lobbyists found Blair Lekstrom lobbied for four northern B.C. towns seeking revenues from the oil and gas industry, as well as Duz Cho construction, which was awarded a contract by BC Hydro to help build the Site C dam.
Lekstrom says he didn’t register because he was an “in-house lobbyist” with less than 100 hours of lobbying work.
An investigator found he didn’t intentionally skirt the rules, but was “negligent about understanding the nature of his obligations.”
He’s now submitted four separate registrations.
Lekstrom was B.C.’s energy and mines minister prior to taking a job with HD Mining in September 2013.
It’s the same mining firm once embroiled in a dispute over foreign workers at a mine near Tumbler Ridge.