Sunday, April 15, 2007


From Robin Mathews to the Chief Justice

Robin Mathews wrote: I went to the post office this a.m. and posted a letter to the Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court, copies to Bennett, Brown, McBride (court officer) and the Canadian Judicial Council (and, it says, "concerned Canadians") about Basi, Basi, Virk and the document restrictions ...

When McBride answered me on behalf of Elizabeth Bennett, she said if I want to see "other" documents (in the restricted pile) I should write Bennett or the Chief Justice - and so I used that as the invite to write the Chief Justice. The letter is one which tries to be elegant while pushing very hard.

Half way through I was thinking: "I wonder if this is a good idea?" Then I picked up the paper, and there was the Daily Horoscope in front of me, and I read my sign. This is what it said: "Too often nowadays there is an official line about what we are allowed to think and say and it is crushing freedom and self-expression. Make it your mission in life to say out loud what others claim is unacceptable. It takes a strong character to defy the powers that be and no one is stronger than you."

"Well," I thought, "if the very planets spinning through space are sending me that kind of message, who am I to resist it?" And so I finished the letter ... and sent it off this a.m. by expresspost.

Read Robin's letter to the Chief Justice:

See also in Vive le Canada 13 April 2007, an SFU profile of Robin's influence upon Canadian Studies in the universities of this country entitled: One of the great Canadian writers: Robin Mathews.

Interesting discussion between Rafe, ERIN AIRTON and David Schreck on CBC AM690 this morning. The BC Rail Trial came up.

Rafe was the only one of the commenters who mentioned 'possible connections' to Cabinet ministers; Schreck said if there 'was no conviction' that the major miscreants were the RCMP for the 'politicization' of the criminal justice system while ERIN AIRTON was mostly concerned about what connections to the federal Liberals might be revealed.

Oh, and Puffmaster Cluff said the case had lost its steam because of the 3 years that have elapsed.


Isn't today the day that the 70 questions hit the order paper in the Legislature?
Honest to gosh, GW ... if the news media is going to pre-digest the sad neglect of the past 3+ years, and then conclude that the official sience means nothing, we're in such deep doo-doo.

Thank heaven for the Internet, and for determined citizens like you, who aren't going to let the B.C. Rail Trial be concluded this way -- before it even begins.

So let's watch what happens with those SEVENTY QUESTIONS, eh? Betcha CanWest tries to pretend they never happened (and that the B.C. Rail Trial isn't going to happen).
Rick Cluff on today's CBC morning radio show had its regular Monday political panel featuring Erin Airton (who does a lot of corporate flak work), Rafe Mair and (sitting in for Moe Sihota), David Shreck. Among the subjects discussed was the upcoming B&V trial, the first I've heard it mentioned on Cluff's program. Strangely, Shreck went on only about the RCMP culpability in what he characterized as alarmingly-regular police intrusion into political matters. He stated that the "RCMP" had better "come up with a conviction."and if the prosecution failed, then, said Shreck, there should be an inquiry into police interference, referring as well to the Clark reno fiasco. Meantime, Erin (speaking from the right) sought to introduce federal political involvement, referring to, without naming them, the Liberals. Rafe wondered whether other -- unnamed, but now retired -- politicians might get dragged into it.

You have to wonder about those resignations, Christy Clark, et al. I know you have considered the implications of the surprising and sudden departure of those prominent pols, and about the potential for an explosive scandal if the relevance of those resignations ever becomes known. There probably is more than just the BC Rail involvement.

And stay strong.
Thanks Ol' F'man and GW - missed the Puffmaster Flash's act on this one this morning.

Regardless, it is always important to remember that..... when the going gets complicated the commentator in question is already gone, way, way gone which, of course, is why the folks on Early Edition panels* are rarely forced to state anything other than their talking points.

*Unless, of course, Stephen Quinn is sitting in during one of the hosts numerous absences.

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