Hearing for Sask. Bitcoin mining firm delves into politics – Regina Leader

REGINA — Political intrigue and hints of hacking crept into a Regina securities hearing focused on an upstart Bitcoin company.

“Do you have anything against the Conservative Party?� lawyer Cloudesley Rook-Hobbs asked Thursday in cross-examining the investigator who dug into Dominion Bitcoin Mining Company Ltd.

The lawyer referred to Dominion’s president Peter Voldeng, a former Saskatchewan Party president, and to Dominion’s chairman Jason Dearborn, a former Sask. Party MLA. He also noted, Jim Gibbon, also involved in the company, once ran for Edmonton city council.

But securities investigator Harvey White said his interest was the activities of Dominion ­— not anyone’s politics. The line of questioning by Dearborn’s lawyer was ended by objections to its relevance.

As the second day of the hearing drew to a close amid more objections and accusations, one hearing panel member remarked on “the convoluted set of facts.�

The confusion isn’t over the controversial cryptocurrency, but what was or wasn’t public on Dominion’s website. It’s alleged Dominion and the three founders violated the Securities Act by publicly advertising or soliciting sales of securities on the site without proper registration, not filing a prospectus and by making misleading claims.

Some of the references that caught White’s attention in particular were statements about

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