What we still don’t know: Responsibility of TCL officials. TCL president Scott Ferguson handles millions of dollars in contracts annually, and is intimately familiar with the workings of City Hall, but claims he had no clue that there was anything wrong with millions more secretly laundered through a TCL-managed account without the knowledge of city council. He was just doing as told, he says.
TCL’s controller, Robert Kanchuk, also knew about the loans; presumably a controller’s job is to vet the propriety of financial arrangements, but Kanchuk’s not talking.
Ferguson says he he also told Gordon Gillis, the former chair of the TCL board, about the loans. A lawyer, Gillis, according TCL’s website, “has held numerous senior positions including Deputy Minister of Justice; Deputy Attorney General; Deputy Solicitor General; Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs; Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; Deputy Minister of Labour; Deputy Minister of Community Services; and on two occasions he has been Deputy Minister to two Premiers and as such the Senior Executive officer for the Government of Nova Scotia.” In short, he’s a smart guy who knows the intricate legal details of, well, the law, but apparently he alerted no one about the improper financing. Gillis is “out of the country,” says a TCL spokesperson, evidently in some god-forsaken heathen hell-hole with no email or cell phone service.
And lest we forget, the loans date back to 2008, yet curiously the people in charge back then---former CAO Dan English and former TCL prez Fred MacGillivray---have thus far stayed below the radar screen.
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