Charges of fraud and income tax evasion expected this week against professor with connections to PEI Department Tourism
UPEI Professor Sean Hennessey, working for Tourism Research Centre at UPEI or himself?
Mild ripples of scandal permeated the spring 2011 Legislature sitting when MLA Jim Bagnall went public with fraud allegations against Sean Hennessey, a UPEI business professor.
RCMP have not confirmed this week that charges will be laid against Mr. Hennessey, after a year-long investigation. After the allegations were made in the Legislature, Dr. Roberta MacDonald who held the UPEI Dean of Business position since 2002 stepped down. MacDonald is Hennessey’s wife.
Former UPEI President Wade McLaughlin was criticized at the time for not investigating and disciplining Hennessey before his retirement in June 2011.
Several sources have told NJN the RCMP are getting ready to move on Hennessey. Continue reading →
PEI Premier Ghiz let $500 million in development money slip away with no industrial development
Premier Ghiz of PEI worried about EI changes that affect 78% of Islanders (Photo CBC News)
Did Premier Ghiz see the shifting sands of Canada coming to hit him with the triple threat of reduction in Employment Insurance benefits, Federal transfer payments and massive layoffs of public servants?
If he had, perhaps some of the $500 million PNP money would have been spent on industrial development and not buying luxury homes and cars, propping up bankrupt businesses and essentially squandered on anything that had a pulse with a partisan connection. Continue reading →
Premier is hands off with English School Board while he interferes with French School Board
Rick MacLean Holland College on Premier Ghiz
“If the Eastern School Board can make its decisions, the French school board can make it’s decisions” Paul MacNeill rightly asked the question on CBC Radio.
How can the Premiere justify closing schools saying he can’t interfere with a school board but can interfere in not opening a French school?
CBC’s political panel last night said Ghiz is all wrong in this issue. Ghiz is being hypocritical and cowardly at once on this issue.
During the closing of the English schools in Eastern PEI, Ghiz steadfastly refused to interfere. Politics was not going to sway him. He called on the School Board to act through due process. Continue reading →