Liberal candidate ran failed penny stock firm that sought sweet deal in Cambodia

Brian Dicks says his time as president of stevia start-up was 'above board'.

A Liberal candidate in the Newfoundland and Labrador election was president of a Nevada-registered penny-stock company that never made a dime from its plans to grow stevia plants in Cambodia, and saw tens of millions of dollars in market value evaporate nearly as quickly as it appeared.

“I feel that my role with Stevia Nutra was totally above board,” Brian Dicks said in an interview with CBC News.

“It was solid, my performance was solid. I did what was required of me, in my role, to support the company moving forward. So I see nothing in my role with this company that would in any way impact negatively on my ability to move forward in a role with the province.”

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