Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Why Did The Authorities Spare The "White Guys" in Basi Bribes Case?
From The Link, B.C.'s leading Indo-Canadian newspaper, 6 April 2006
SURREY The sordid tale of Dave Udhe Basi and his boys Robert Virk and Aneal Basi was finally unveiled in its full sleazy details which allege cash, trips worth $30,000 tied to B.C. Rail deal.
Basi's world came crashing down when his office was searched by police as part of a raid on the legislature. Rumours of connections to organized crime, police finding grow-op on one of his rural Victoria properties and Liberal membership fraud have all but wiped Basi from the provincial and national political landscape, which had preoccupied much of his being until the downfall.
What it all comes down to is that the Basi and his boys let delusions of power go to their heads for a mere $30,000, ending their fat-cat government careers and sending them packing to Disgrace-land. The three former B.C. Liberal government aides received nearly $30,000 from lobbyist Erik Bornman involved in the $1-billion B.C. Rail deal, court documents released this week allege ...
For more, read the rest of the story: The Link, at:
[Note from B.C. Mary: I did not -- and would not -- write a story like this, which in my view casts aspersions upon the accused in the Legislature trials. But in a case where accusations of racism may arise against "White" people (ugh!), I think it's important to see how the Indo-Canadian press handles the facts of the Basi, Virk, Basi discussion. The Link deserves full credit for fearless confrontation, if not for an even-handed neutrality, as we wait to hear the evidence at trial. Thanks to Lynn who found this story for us.]
Without the federal and provincial Liberal parties playing unscrupulous ethnic party organizing to unseat Jean Chretien, this may have never happened.
So the RCMP have obviously got Kieran and Bornman to agree to testify against Basi and Virk. And this leads to suspicions in the community of racial bias: Why didn't the RCMP use Basi and Virk to get Kieran and Bornman? Who approached whom to make a deal? Who is more culpable? Some of these questions might prove to be TERRIBLY EMBARRASSING for the RCMP as the trial starts.
For you conspirarcy theorists this is what the many people are asking.
1) Tony Young and Jim Duncan were charged after the first Basi, Virk, Basi charges, so that would explain why they weren't included in The Link's story, eh?
2) Yeah, for sure, and in my opinion Paul Martin has one heck of a lot to answer for; but the fact is, somebody in his service -- with the correct ethnic background -- needed to take control of the Indo-Canadian groups ... so which came first, chicken or egg?
3) All anyone can do, at this point, is guess, but we can imagine that Bornman -- who was already in law school by then -- may have realized that this was a chance to save his own hide -- so my guess is that it was Bornman who approached the RCMP with an offer to save them a lot of investigation time.
What I'd like to know is why Bornman was given the boot from McCarthy Tetreault where he had been articling.
"Conspiracy theory" is a worn-out term employed to stop a discussion. Let's toss it overboard and keep on talking. Thanks to all.
Just checked and it looks like Duncan and Young were mentioned in the Link article too. Sorry, but I hate the needless playing of the race card.
5 more days ... October 30 ... and we should know more.
I thought the leading Indo-Canadian newspaper had put the race factor pretty strongly, didn't you? And like I said, I would never have written the story the way they did ... but I thought it was useful in preventing racist comments, to show what they had said about it.
I was talking about the LINK artilce and the post above, nothing else. I totally agree with your approach in bringing it to our attention. I don't know if we are see a little of the old lawyer trick: if the facts don't work for you, try and argue something else like racism, disclosure, conflicts of interest etc... PS I'm JM here out -- too many Anonimi
So I had to check it out. The dates are: Basi, Virk, Basi were charged on 21 Dec.' 04 ... Basi, Young, Duncan were charged on 4 April '06.
Once again the oxygen line you have thrown us is invaluable, especially given the vacuum we must all enter to get a close-up look at this issue.
Why not charge Bornman and Kieran? Even with a simple slap on the wrist, that would give me some comfort in knowing that justice was being done. It takes two to tango as the song goes...
Let us look at the Gomery Inquiry where people were charged and giving light sentences in exchange for their testimony Jean Brault vs Chuck Guite. Why is there a different standard here?
Unless we have some facts the rumours and innuendo will continue ad nauseum until this trial starts.
The sooner the better!
With the Legislature Raids -- which I think you're referring to -- I don't see it in terms of 1, 2, or 3 accused individuals. Rather, I see it as reflecting that something might have gone terribly wrong within our system of government -- provncial and federal. And that's why I believe that Basi, Virk, and Basi are our point men who (if the trial goes well) may reveal what has gone wrong within that system.
Spanish history is filled with warnings about systemic bribery -- where Spaniards or their colonists had to buy their way into jobs, or sinecures, or high office.
Not so far-fetched a possibility ... remember that Sooke bumper sticker: "Who do I have to bribe to get a new marina?"
So what I worry about is organized crime infiltrating our whole system until it goes completely rotten, as RCMP Sgt Ward warned ...
I think what you're saying is: "Is it OK for me to bribe the Mayor to get a new marina -- if that's how we do business in B.C. these days?"
Maybe someone else will give you a better answer to your question. But that's how I see the situation.
In response to Unsure, I say if you have rotten apples in government the whole system breaks down.
It sure does seem like the guys charged in the Leg Raids were shaking down whoever they thought they could get a couple bucks from on the side.
How about a new Sooke bumper sticker: 'Who do I have bribe to land out of the ALR?' -- I guess we all know answer to that one