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E-mails shared about Skeena Mill

A British Columbia cabinet minister shared internal government correspondence regarding fraud allegations against a Chinese businessman involving the Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill with an employee of that businessman who is also a BC Liberal Party insider.

November 7, 2012  By The Globe and Mail

Pat Bell, the minister of jobs, tourism and skills training for the B.C. Liberal government, forwarded an internal government e-mail to Bill Belsey last year, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.

Mr. Belsey is a former B.C. MLA who is no longer in the legislature, but remains a key member of the BC Liberals as the provincial party’s vice-president. Mr. Belsey is currently employed by companies controlled by Chinese businessman Ni Ritao, including Sun Wave Forest Products.

Sun Wave paid about $9-million to purchase the Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert in 2005, and said it planned to restart the mill and bring back many of the hundreds of jobs lost when the plant closed in 2001. It never did, and the mill, once the economic lifeblood of Prince Rupert, remains shuttered.

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