In a Friday night document dump, the government relations firm Kool Topp & Guy admitted that Brian Topp, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s chief of staff, was not removed from the corporate registry as a partner in the firm until almost a month after he went to work in the premier's office.
A corporate filing document, sent to TheRebel.media by Topp’s business partner, Ken Boessenkool, confirms that the registration change was only done on June 5, but that the date of Topp’s effective resignation was back-dated to May 6th. You can see those two key dates in the document here:
Those legal filings were only done after The Rebel broadcast its research showing that Topp was still registered as a partner in the firm as recently as June 4th. You can see the corporate registry search done by The Rebel here:
Before broadcasting the news, The Rebel contacted Boessenkool for an explanation. He delayed his substantive answer for several hours, and in the meantime, The Rebel broadcast the following video:
At that very moment, Boessenkool was hastily filing his paperwork to remove Topp from the company. Guessing that was why Boessenkool was giving vague answers,The Rebel filed another corporate registry search, on June 5th. And sure enough, Kool Topp & Guy had immediately removed Topp as a partner, after The Rebel tipped off Boessenkool that a story was coming. Here’s the results of those filings, on June 5th:
Here is a second broadcast by The Rebel after Kool Topp & Guy’s quick change.
In a letter to The Rebel, Boessenkool claimed that his firm indeed did remove Topp last month, and that they “gave clear instructions to the lawyers which they took too long to execute”. He claims his June 5th filing “is the proof” and he asks for “the benefit of the doubt”.
Given the shifty answers Boessenkool gave all day, and his secretive attempts to change the facts before answering questions about them, it’s hard to give him the benefit of the doubt. But what is without a doubt is that Brian Topp remained listed on the Alberta corporate registry as an owner and director of an active government relations firm, nearly one month after going to work as Rachel Notley’s chief of staff.
As of Friday night, Topp himself has yet to respond to inquiries.
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