Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

Opposition asks: why is government refusing to release documents?

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In an attempt to get the judge to order the government to release documents that are essential to their defence, lawyers for Basi, Virk and Basi filed an application for disclosure in early March. Now Carole James and the NDP Opposition are demanding answers - and a public enquiry to get them.

The circumstances of the sale of BC Rail lie at the heart of the case, and in the Legislature Carole James asked why has the government failed -- for over a year -- to release the documents? When this case began, the premier personally pledged that the government would fully cooperate in the investigation. Now it seems that the government is withholding information. Why is the government refusing to cooperate?"

The reason could be that the defense lawyers are alleging that Basi was carrying out the political instructions of his superiors - with their knowledge and consent."These allegations suggest other officials like former Finance Minister Gary Collins may have been much more involved than anyone has admitted" said James.

"It is time to clear the air" said James. "The Campbell government must immediately release the documents. They must also commit to holding a public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail as soon as the criminal proceedings are over. British Columbians deserve to know the truth, and a public inquiry is the only way we will ever know what happened."

From The Democrat. March 2007.
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[I think many of us have failed to distinguish between the duties of the Crown prosecutors and the duties of the government. I had thought that all documents were available to the Crown prosecutors and that, if the Crown failed to provide documents it was entirely their fault, nobody else's. This may, in fact, be true. But having now heard from the B.C. Opposition, it appears that there is another active participant in the trial of Basi, Virk, Basi -- the government -- and that they may be sitting on documents crucial to a fair trial for three former employees. -BC Mary]
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Comments:
Of course the government is involved Mary. And it goes right to the top. Two ministers didn't run in the last election and they are either involved or indirectly involved at this stage. This liberal government is using every stall tactic they can imagine. The purpose, in my mind, is to give the defandants more amunition for a constitutional challenge on the grounds of their right to be tried within a reasonable time. If they succeded there would be no trial. and with this new bill any public hearing information will never reach the public. At this time it would not surprise me in the least if the Premier stepped down. But then again he whitewashed the last incident, didn't he? And now they are introducing legislation to gag any info from the public.
There are many things at work behind the scenes here and I firmly beleive that they are being orchestrated to protect the Premier.
 
Thnigs are picking up in the BC Rail deal. I notce today that CN has had to pay out 500,000 in fines for poor performance. Since our government gave it away for only one Billion it shouldn't take tong to get all the money back. Too bad a couple of crew memebrsdied and a river got ruined. But hey, the cost of doing business.Or so falcon would say dl
 
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