Thursday, December 14, 2006

 

Lies, Deceit, Cover-Up. The B.C. Government. By Robin Mathews

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Lies, Deceit and Cover-Up: The Gordon Campbell, B.C. Government

[Robin's complete report is at Vive le Canada, 6 December 2006. Excerpted here are the segments focused on B.C. Rail which is central to the charges against Basi, Virk, Basi in the B.C. Rail trial. - BC Mary.]


Gordon Campbell told British Columbians he would not sell B.C. Rail. He lied.

In the very dirty process of selling it, secretly, his government, moreover, lied in the legislature. Connected to that shameful set of events, RCMP raids were made on offices of cabinet ministers in the Victoria legislature on December 28, 2003. After a year-long investigation following the raids, four men were charged on apparently related matters to do with breach of trust, bribery, money laundering, counselling falsehood, and drug matters.

No one in the Gordon Campbell circle, inside or outside the legislature, has been charged. Why not?

Trial of three of the men - aides in cabinet ministers' offices - has become a circus, a farce, a black mark on the already highly dubious legal system of British Columbia. Judges of the Supreme Court of B.C. cannot elude implication in the farce of the trial delays.

The RCMP, we are led to believe, has made disclosure of evidence absurdly difficult. Is it - in addition - with the Special Prosecutor that the RCMP decided no charges were to be laid against any in the Gordon Campbell circle? A reasonable and prudent Canadian might very well like to know on what basis such a decision was taken. The Department of Justice, it seems, has stalled and delayed and denied information.

The Special Prosecutor - appointed, in effect, by the cabinet - appears to be wandering through the proceedings picking flowers by the roadside as if he doesn't know the importance of the whole matter. Can he be so naive?

All of that comes down to judges of the Supreme Court - two in particular. Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm and Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett have concerned themselves with the case. Reasonable and prudent Canadians might well conclude they have failed in their obligations to justice and to the Canadian people.

The issue before them is a criminal issue. The cabinet of Gordon Campbell is implicated as employers of the aides facing charges - even if we are asked to believe cabinet members should not have been charged. (We may or may not believe that.) The whole matter - of which a selected portion is before the courts - throws into question the legitimacy of the Gordon Campbell government and, stated simply, its right to continue in office.

For that reason the courts should - from the first - have issued whatever orders were necessary (a) to guarantee a wide investigation (b) to expose all evidence needed by counsel in the case, without delays (c) to assure quick and effective cooperation of all agencies involved and/or connected.

The court, it seems certain, did none of those things. Justice must be done, and it must be seen to be done.

And so - postponed one more time - from its set trial date of December 4, 2006, the whole process of the Basi, Basi, and Virk trial becomes more suspect, more dubious, more like a gigantic smoke-and-mirrors game played out to protect the Gordon Campbell government and to hoodwink British Columbians ...

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[Go to Vive le Canada for Robin's complete analysis which cuts through a lot of fog to expose other issues of vital importance to British Columbia, such as B.C. Hydro, the secret deal with Alcan at Kitimat, B.C. Gas (Terasen), child poverty, Ted Hughes, B.C. Ferries, and the way the current government regularly wipes out systems that guarantee reputable behaviour.]

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Thank you, Robin. Whenever you write, there are no fence-sitters. And that's the kind of impassioned discussion this province deserves. Thanks, too, to all who take time to read these reports and to contribute their own comments. - BC Mary.

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Comments:
Gordon was in the drunk tank in Maui the day the Leg was raided. he was far more interested in keeping his job. His performance on return should have got the academy award. the actual court case should be interesting as stuff comes out as folks try to save themselves,a nd lying under oath is pretty dangerous.
 
Hi, Anonymouse:

It's amazing how hard it is to remember all the details. But even without looking it up, I'm pretty sure that Gordo got falling-down drunk at Christmas 2004, and the raids on the B.C. Legislature happened on 28 Dec. 2003.

But yes, I think there's a lot of interesting stuff already starting to fly around as folks seem to be trying to save themselves. In fact, there are 185 new BC government jobs being filled (by Order in Council #656 dated 12 Sept. 2006) for what looks like an awful lot of spin-doctoring.

Have a look at the BREAKING NEWS tacked onto the 5th or 6th story here (after BCRail, a gem that once was ours) ... about the guy who bought that poor, money-losing BC Rail passenger operation and raked in $180 million off it last year ... it's written up as a howling success story ... when actually it's a damn crime that such a public asset was tossed aside that way. Now that's spin-doctoring!
 
Dear Commentors:

On this blog, all comments are posted beside the story you've selected to comment on. In addition, all comments are sent to my e.mail address, too.

Today there were two comments which I've been unable to locate on The Legislature Blog. One was from TERRY ... the 2nd was from PADDY ROBERTS. I've copied them, and pasted them here.

TERRY wrote:

What happened to the december 4 trial ? no media talk of adjournment or a peep about the trial whatsoever. Swept under carpet. Smokescreen coverup read abot it at wcbcanada.com story of terry and his uncovering of basi real bad deeds.

Posted by terry to The Legislature Raids at 12/15/2006 03:33:01 AM

BC MARY replies: at the last Supreme Court pre-trial hearing on disclosure, the lawyers and Justice Bennett realized that the defence lawyers wouldn't be able to check off all the documents in the RCMP Project Room in time to meet the 4 Dec. trial date. So they set up another hearing date, for Monday, 18 December, to review whether full disclosure had happened, and if so, we all (including BVB, I bet) hope Justice Bennett can decide on a trial date.

Could you please clarify what you wrote about wcbcanada.com story of Terry ... I didn't understand it.
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PADDY ROBERTS wrote:
Subject: [The Legislature Raids] 12/15/2006

Does anyone, Robin particularly, know who the judge was that issued the wiretap authorization for Basi et al, and who the judges were that initially refused to issue it? Thanks if you do.


BC MARY says:

I don't know, Paddy. Can only guess that it was Justice Patrick Dohm, probably in each case.

Dohm and Justice Elizabeth Bennett are the only ones I've heard, who are associated with this trial.

If you find out, we'd like to know too.
 
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