“I’ve been advised not to talk about it

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The truck sold but Marty uk canada goose never got his money. All he got was a familiar refrain: the check is in the mail.

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It didn’t take long before Canada Goose Outlet Owen says he smelled a rat, but instead of being allowed to pursue the matter aggressively, he was pulled off the case by senior management at AMVIC.

canada goose deals “I was basically gagged. I was told to stop my investigation. I was to turn over all my notes, all my information, and refer all inquiries from these victims to management,” Michaluk said in an interview. canada goose deals

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Canada Goose Parka W5 asked AMVIC’s Executive Director John Bachinski for an interview about AMVIC’s handling of the Treadz matter. But he refused. Although we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter, buy canada goose jacket cheap as Treadz is canada goose black friday sale under investigation by Calgary Police and as there is a civil lawsuit currently before the courts, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.” Canada Goose Parka

Canada Goose sale W5 caught up with Bachinski in Old Montreal at a posh boutique hotel where buy canada goose jacket he was attending a meeting of provincial automobile sales regulators. Canada Goose sale

The topic: consumer protection!

Canada Goose Outlet Yet he still had no comment for W5, saying: “You know it would be inappropriate for Canada Goose online me to make a comment at this time. It’s before the courts.” Too busy and not willing to talk about Alberta consumers who have been victimized by Treadz. Canada Goose Outlet

Although AMVIC has closed the file, the Calgary Police cheap canada goose uk Service is currently investigating Treadz.

canada goose clearance sale In July 2016 Sean O’Brien was charged with 164 counts of fraud and theft, accused of defrauding customers and creditors out of more than two million Canada Goose Parka dollars. O’Brien is scheduled to appear in a Calgary court in October to enter a plea. canada goose clearance sale

In April 2016 the Alberta government amended the Fair Trading Act to allow greater control over the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC).

In August 206 the Alberta government appointed the former mayor of Spruce Grove, Alberta, to lead a review into AMVIC. George Cuff has been asked to look into the effectiveness of the operations and governance of AMVIC and whether the industry watchdog is meeting its mandate to protect consumers. He will also review the use of AMVIC’s compensation fund and whether it helps victimized consumers.

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