There’s a massive scandal developing here in BC involving the non-profit Portland Hotel Society which uses taxdollars to run poverty programs with InSite being the most infamous:
The Portland Hotel Society scandal is one of the most obscene examples of waste and indulgence B.C. has seen.
The society, with a $28-million budget, was contracted by government to provide services in Canada’s poorest postal code: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. That included management of Insite, the country’s only supervised injection site for heroin addicts.
The devastating audits of the society’s finances — read them for yourself below — triggered the resignations of its senior staff and board of directors last week.
There was more, much more, the accountants discovered. Close to $1-million was put on the Visa Business Platinum Avion credit cards alone, for luxury travel, world famous hotels, fine dining, liquor, floral arrangements, hair salons, spas, limousines. (see here)
It has already ensnared one NDP MLA:
According to Ms. Kwan herself, the posh family holidays were apparently billed to the PHS, also known as the Portland Hotel Society. The registered charity has been in the news all month because of an obscene spending spree scandal.
Ms. Kwan held a press conference Friday morning at the B.C. NDP’s Vancouver offices, and said she’d been humiliated and duped by Mr. Small. Who, she added, is now her ex-husband. The pair is separated and going through divorce proceedings. (see here)
So why hasn’t the Liberals brought in the RCMP you ask? Well, maybe because they are in this waist deep as well:
But there’s one final indignity for taxpayers still to come: the executives who quit over the scandal are now set to bag severance packages!
How much money will outgoing PHS executives Mark Townsend, his wife Liz Evans, Kersten Stuerzbecher and Dan Small (the estranged husband of NDP MLA Jenny Kwan) receive?
The government won’t say.
”I’m not sure,” Health Minister Terry Lake told me, saying the severance payments are part of an agreement to get the executives to quit, avoid messy lawsuits and keep delivering services to the poor without interruption. (see here)
So, you’ll forgive the NDP and Liberals if they would rather have this all swept quietly under the carpet.
This is a perfect example of what can happen with a two-party system – it makes it much easier to cover up any scandals they are both involved in.