Monday, November 20, 2006
de Jong holding press conference at 4:10 Wed. 22nd, after 2:00 PM public rally on Legislature steps asks for full Fall Session
A real B.C. mini-hearing is happening on the steps of the Legislature on Wednesday November 22nd, at 2:00 PM, featuring the Raging Grannies.
They ask, in song, why the full House of M.L.A.s is gathering for only 1 day instead of a full Fall Session. They will describe the B.C. issues in desperate need of open debate on the floor of the Legislature.
Will the Raging Grannies get answers? Sure, if enough people ask.
Here are the lyrics (so far) for a spirited sing-along:
[To the tune of "Billy Boy, Billy Boy"]
Why don't you come down here in front,
Gordie boy, Gordie boy?
Where've you been the past six months,
Did you have to run and hide?
Someone told us that you'd died,
And we really, really cried,
Are you scared to face the poor,
Gordie boy, Gordie boy?
You've got lots to answer for,
Don't forget that we're your boss
Though you couldn't give a toss.
There's no province without us,
British Columbia up for sale,
Gordie Boy, Gordie Boy?
Hydro, Gas and BC Rail
While for the poor and homeless folks
Working people and their hopes
Just strings of promises and lies.
From Premier Gordie.
BC Ferries on the rocks,
Gordie Boy, Gordie Boy.
Check the value of your stocks,
Clearcut valleys, washed out streams,
Backroom deals fill all his dreams,
So the cheque is in the mail
For Premier Gordie.
Virk and Basi going to trial,
Gordie Boy, Gordie Boy?
Will they tell who pulled the strings,
If they say that you're the Man
Showed them how to scheme and plan
You may find you're in the can.
Poor Premier Gordie.
Is this a purely anti-Campbell rally? No, it isn't. It's surely going to embarrass the socks off the silent, evasive NDP Opposition as well.
I mean, isn't anybody looking out for the people? Not the Campbell government, not the Opposition, not even CanWest news services. So, as the UBC motto goes: "It's up to us." Or, as SFU says, "We are ready."
Of course scrutiny is most likely not a popular term in Victoria when the government is actually of all places, there! Being there just invites scrutiny so......let's get the heck out of here and get back to the beach and the pina coladas.
There's really nothing of importance to maybe discuss, it's normal to have everyone in the lower mainland boiling their water, which ain't easy with a electric stove and no power. Residents of the North Coast have no ferry service, tough jerky, if they want to get out and about don't live there. When I lived up there we were served by a, gasp, freighter that could land and off load and on load cargo anywhere from a logging camp to Vancouver downtown. If it broke down there were thousand of boats out there that fit a standard dock - them standard freighter are some ferocious sea-worthy in the Hecate Strait to boot. Now one boat sinks and another breaks down and there ain't a boat in the world to match the loading ramps etc.- well progress shore does beat all don't it.
I could probably think of another thing or two our esteemed MLAs could think of to occupy their time in that Rattenbury beauty in James Bay, but why be nit picky. Sounds like good work if you can find it, hardly go anywhere, do virtually nothing, get a gold plated pension after an appallingly short tenure and be treated like somebody, everywhere you go. I guess they are like the Military, "There's No Life Like It" but in a more pleasant way.
I'm still not calmed down about Gordie shutting down the Legislature early so his full house minus 3 could spend a few weeks campaigning on the public dime before the last American style scheduled election. Then they pull this out of their....hat!
Granny Ruth Robertson
Bornman pulls law society application
By BILL TIELEMAN, 24 HOURS
Erik Bornman, the key Crown witness in the breach of trust case against former government aides David Basi and Bob Virk, is no longer attempting to be admitted to the Ontario bar as a lawyer.
In a surprise move late yesterday, the Law Society of Upper Canada announced that Bornman's application will be withdrawn at the admission hearing today in Toronto.
"Both sides will be making a joint submission that the matter be adjourned," Society communications director Lisa Hall told 24 hours.
The hearing into Bornman's "good character" resulted from a complaint to the Society. Police allege Basi and Virk were bribed by Bornman, then a lobbyist, to obtain confidential government documents related to the $1-billion B.C. Rail privatization. dl
SUBMISSIONS ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENT MEMBER (Re: Adjournment)
The Law Society has requested an adjournment of this Hearing until the conclusion of the criminal trial in British Columbia.
Erik Bornmann has asked throughout that this Hearing proceed without delay because until the issue of his good character is determined, his professional life is on hold. It is important to note that this Hearing is the result of Mr. Bornmann reporting himself to the Law Society.
As a result of the criminal proceedings in BC and Court orders which were made there and which were a direct result of motions brought by both the Crown and defence in British Columbia, the hearing here must be held in camera if it is to proceed now.
Our motion for the Hearing to be held in camera was necessitated by those Court orders. This has nothing to do with to Erik Bornmann’s views or interests, rather he would prefer that this Hearing proceed in public.
Erik Bornmann has given much thought to not only his position, but also to the public interest in this Hearing as to his good character. If at all possible, it should be conducted in public.
As a result, Erik Bornmann agrees that this Hearing be adjourned to allow for the criminal proceedings to proceed first in BC, so that this Hearing can be carried out in public. This will also enable the Panel to have full and complete access to his evidence at that trial as well as to all the other witnesses in the criminal proceeding.
While this will result in Mr. Bornmann’s professional life being held in abeyance for a time, he believes this to be the right and proper course of action on his part at this time.
The criminal proceedings were commenced by an indictment dated January 28, 2005. We are prepared to consent to an adjournment to permit the criminal trial to take place, which is now scheduled to commence January 2007. Erik is to be called as a witness in the spring. Consequently we would ask that this hearing be adjourned to July 2007 to set a date. It may be that if the criminal trial is further delayed, there will be a need to proceed with this Hearing without further delay. Erik’s professional life cannot be held in abeyance for years.
November 21, 2006 BRYAN FINLAY, Q.C.
Funny, nobody thought to tell us that the trial of Basi, Virk, Basi has been re-scheduled to January 2007.
Just wondering ... how did YOU find out?
Yeah, I agree, BC Mary...very interesting this January 2007 "new info". Also the little item that Bornman will be called as a witness in the spring...that means after March 20 or so...how do they already know this..when the public still thinks the trial is starting in a few weeks?
So, while the trial may officially start in a couple weeks the actual trial is unlikely to start until January. This has been widely reported over the past couple months.
Who else had access to the prepared statement from his lawyer?
Is the above statement a fake or does Tieleman simply have his facts wrong?
Tieleman has been the only reporter to have been following this case closely.
Meantime ... has anybody seen the Press Release for the Law Society of Upper Canada's comment? I sure haven't. And I want to see it, don't you?
Who knows, he may have to settle for working on Howe Street or in Real Estate instead of being a lawyer. Those lines of work don't pretend to have as strict of requirements when it comes to character. It's unlikely he'll have to resort to any kind of hard, dirty or dangerous work just because he pushed his entitlement over the line of acceptability in a already tilted arena.