April 30th 2018
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould MP
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
House of Commons
Dear Honourable Minister,
Re: Bridgemans Services Limited-595 Burrard St Suite 3043 Vancouver, BC, V7X 1J1
I am a Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Tabaquite and a Member of the Opposition of the United National Congress of Trinidad and Tobago. I write out of great concern for the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Attached is the Dun and Bradstreet report for the captioned company which is Canadian based.
Bridgemans Services Limited was able to secure a contract with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the supply of Ferry Services between the Twin Islands. The contract was achieved without ownership of the vessels and with 5.5 Million USD being paid for one of the vessels namely the Ocean Flower II three days after the contract was signed. Prior to the contract being granted Bridgemans did not own any boat which would have served the purpose for which the contract was negotiated.
I raised in the National Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago on Friday 27th April 2018 my concerns and the concerns of the people of Trinidad and Tobago as to how the contract was obtained and the ability of Bridgemans Services Limited to raise 5.5 Million USD given their poor financial standing, in light of the Dun and Bradstreet Report.
There is a general feeling in my country that this is not a clean arrangement. In light of your Government’s and your Country’s penchant for morality in Public Affairs and the pressures your Country’s banks have placed upon our people to do business, I now ask that Bridgeman Services Limited be investigated for the following:-
1. How, when and from whom did they get 5.5 Million USD to purchase the Ocean Flower II?
2. How much did they receive from the Trinidad and Tobago Government to sail the Ocean Flower II from the Port in Korea to Trinidad?
3. Were commissions paid to any person/persons in Trinidad or elsewhere as part of this contract? If they were not paid by the Trinidad and Tobago Government for bringing the vessel to Trinidad who paid them?
4. What is the financial and legal standing of Bridgemans Services as a Corporate Entity in Canada and have they been fulfilling their Statutory Obligations under Canadian Laws?
5. Were there any guarantors from Trinidad and Tobago who are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago or who may hold status in the United States or Canada who financed in part or in total this acquisition of the Ocean Flower II?
I know for a fact that as a former Foreign Minister of my Country that your High Commission in Trinidad makes interventions on behalf of Canadian Companies doing business in Trinidad and I trust that they do the same with this Company and with a similar spirit of enthusiasm.
Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan
Member of Parliament
c.c Canada’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Carla Hogan Rufelds
Please note that the address used for Bridgemans Services Limited is what is listed on the Dun and Bradstreet Report