Legal hurdle

Director of the DELTRO Group Dean Del Mastro
Director of the Deltro Group Dean Del Mastro
President of the DELTRO Group of companies David Del Mastro
President of the Deltro Group of companies David Del Mastro

Two of the primaries behind a new $26 million solar farm project, which is being proposed for Barbados, are currently facing legal troubles in their native Canada.

According to Canadian media reports, Dean Del Mastro, the former MP for Peterborough, spent one night in jail in June, and was then released on bail pending an appeal. The appeal is going to court January 4 and 5 in Newmarket. He was convicted of having overspent on his electoral campaign in 2008.

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Former MP Dean Del Mastro is led away in handcuffs and shackles at Simcoe St. Courthouse on June 25, 2015.
David Del Mastro also goes on trial in February over allegations of wrongful contributions to his cousin Dean’s 2008 campaign.

David allegedly had 22 of his employees and their friends each contribute $1,000 to his cousin’s campaign, and then reimbursed them with cheques from Deltro Electric for CAN $1,050.

He and one of his employees, Tori-Lynn Manchulenko, are charged with concealing the identity of the source of a contribution and exceeding the $1,000 individual campaign contribution limit.

If convicted, they could each face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to five years in jail.

Earlier this week, the two announced that by early next year Deltro Group is expected to set up a $26 million solar manufacturing plant on the island, including a solar farm to produce electricity which it said it will sell to consumers at rates that are “much cheaper” than what they currently pay.  Industrial plants will also be able to purchase solar panels from the experts in this field.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, they promised to play “a big role” in expanding the local solar industry and transitioning Barbados to “a centre of excellence” in renewable energy.

“The price of electricity here is high and it is only going to go higher. Oil is at a near record low, like a three decade low in price right now and still everyone we meet tells us about the high cost of energy here in Barbados. Frankly, it is crippling our economy. It is hurting everyday people that may not have enough money to spend on other goods or to spend otherwise with their families,” said David Del Mastro, president of the Deltro Group.

“Renewables are here to stay. This is a shift in the global economy. We have a given solar PV [photovoltaic] technology that we are going to build here but we are committed to staying and remaining on the cutting edge of technology with respect to renewables,” he stressed.

Director of the Group Dean Del Mastro said the company, which will serve both individuals and commercial businesses, had the capacity to “displace about 12 million litres of diesel fuel a year that is currently being burnt to generate an equivalent of 20 megawatts of solar electricity”.

He added that his team had already begun holding talks with credit unions here to put together financing packages “to help people save money and take advantage of solar technologies”.

13 Responses to Legal hurdle

  1. Seth St John
    Seth St John December 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Was wondering how long it would take local media to google these characters…

  2. Alex Alleyne December 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Please , not another Allen Stanford style saga going down in the West Indies.
    Different but still a scandal .

  3. Les Carr
    Les Carr December 20, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Obviously some hand greasing is always involve in getting approvals. We knew that since last week.

  4. jrsmith December 20, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Barbados welcome to the corporate world, this is not (TOURISM) , what our government only knows about, the last year show how backward our business management and the people who suppose to run Barbados LTD , so out of , touch this level of corporate businesses is way over lots of people heads in Barbados who think they know so much. but need to wise up. and this is the same in the region.

    Barbados is a battle ground , this is the tip of the ice Bergh, lots of corporate have Barbados in they gun sights, as I always say ,Barbados is there for the taking ,but not by bajans. Barbados is prepped, because you start at a level way above many countries and islands in the world.

    Barbados at the present time, has a head start, we are in line and on our way to fast economic growth, but the problem, we have a bunch of wankers as politicians , who have no business ideas or background, to stand or sit with the big corporates., they only know (tourism). We need the right management in Barbados or else we are losers. ( Step forward SIR,Hillary.)

    Bajan media, needs to grow up. the world has change long ago, come out of the shadows. be careful, what is news, is not always news.

    • Ryan December 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Well said jrsmith!

  5. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams December 20, 2015 at 11:30 am

    This is simple- The local ministers are more guided by deals that benefit their personal pockets than the nefarious workings of criminals who wish to do business here. It seems every blasted minister here in bim has ah price………this is why it’s so easy to rest them gently in your back pockets.

  6. Cheryl Holder
    Cheryl Holder December 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    This government sell off Light and power to a bunch of frigging mafia crooks…..dont say much for those in this government who are involved in it. Waiting to hear who get the airport and seaport next cuz those are all that are left.

  7. Sue Donym December 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    These gentlemen would just blend into the crowd here. Going by looks they’re no different from our monied business class. If you’re going by actions, line them up and see if you can spot the politician that didn’t exceeded the statutory limit faster than you can say “vote buying”.

  8. Michele Richards
    Michele Richards December 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Again?? This Government is shameful. They didn’t learn after Cahill? Or maybe they thought this one wouldn’t come to light?! Very unscrupulous characters.

  9. Big Brown December 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Birds of a feather flock together.

  10. Peter White December 22, 2015 at 12:21 am

    This story needs to be followed up. Please.

  11. jrsmith December 22, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Again I am saying ,we need in Barbados ,a (Strategic Planning Department ) employing the right people to put Barbados right, there are no Government ministers with the qualifications to do so.


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