Provincial candidate calls for politician to “come clean” over assets

Controversy over offshore assets continues – and on this occasion it’s right in time for an election

Barely a day has gone by over the last three weeks without some reports surrounding the offshore dealings associated with the Panama Papers. Now there is another offshore story – and this one is right in time for an election.

Step forward Dave Chomiak, an NDP candidate ahead of the Manitoba General Election tomorrow (April 19), who has hit out at Conservative leader Brian Pallister over alleged inconsistencies surrounding his assets.

According to Chomiak there are differences in what has been said publically by Pallister and what features in public records in Costa Rica.

“Brian Pallister has to tell us today the whole truth, so that he does not get caught again before an election,” said Chomiak.

A report at suggests that Pallister had been leading the polls ahead of the election on Tuesday as he bids to displace Greg Selinger. However, a report in the Costa Rica Star has listed companies and assets that Pallister possesses in the country. He is reported to own two companies and it is being questioned as to why he didn’t reveal this information even though he did disclose having a bank account and vacation home in the country.

According to the report, Pallister is listed as being president of Finca Deneter Doce Sociedad Anonima, which has three pieces of land in Tamarindo.

However, a spokesperson for Pallister’s party, Ross Romaniuk, has disputed the claims of the newspaper in an email to CBC describing this as a “desperate Selinger NDP attempt to distract from the issues that really matter to Manitobans.”