Friday, June 08, 2007


Press clippings - June 8, 2007

There are numerous articles published today about the sweeping Application for Disclosure presented to Judge Bennett by the Basi Virk Basi defence team. Links will be provided here but lengthy excerpts may only stun the readers with repetition of the same facts. The most dramatic record is the Application for Disclosure itself, copied below, and posted in full on Bill Tieleman's web-site [] - BC Mary.

The Globe and Mail - June 8, 2007

VANCOUVER -- Defence counsel in a political corruption case have requested such sweeping access to confidential records that the internal operations of the provincial government - including its relationship with lobbyists, the RCMP and the British Columbia Liberal Party - could be laid bare in court ...

Lawyers for government aides want to know who takes free tickets

Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun - Friday, June 08, 2007

Defence lawyers for two government aides accused of political corruption want to know who in government accepts free tickets to Vancouver Canucks and B.C. Lions games, concerts at GM Place, Cirque du Soleil performances and movie passes, says a new defence application for more disclosure made public Thursday ...

Defence motion demands all B.C. officials, even cabinet ministers, release records

Suzanne Fournier
The Province - Friday, June 08, 2007

{Snip} ...The judge ordered all sides to reconvene on July 16 and Aug. 13.

Yesterday's broad disclosure request and discussions made it clear the trial will not start in late August, and with the judge and at least one defence lawyer tied up with other cases in the fall, it may not start until early 2008. {Snip}...

What has turned into a massive pre-trial bid for transparency in government dealings began with a drug investigation by RCMP in November, 2003, when wiretaps picked up Basi allegedly talking with a suspected drug dealer, but also allegedly chatting about the Liberal government's planned privatization of B.C. Rail's freight division. {Snip} ...

Yesterday's motion also demands government disclosure of anything related to public opinion polling or attempts to influence the media, an area in which Basi is said to have excelled, and "the acceptance of any gift or benefit" by lobbyists Brian Kieran and Erik Bornmann, who sought information on B.C. Rail.

Defence lawyers Bolton and Kevin McCullough, acting for Virk, have served notice they will seek a stay of proceedings in the case.

Mary, abit off topic but still pertaining to this governments policy. The Supreme court of Canada has just handed down a ruling against the Liberal governments labour laws. The court states that collective bargaining rights are covered under the charter. They gave the BC government one year to fix their legislation against health care workers from 2002.

And the walls came tumbling down.

Mr. Premier do the right thing.
Here is the link to the decision

It sure made my morning.

It will be interesting to see how they go about fixing what they broke and what (if any) domino effect it has. I will also be very interested in seeing how, if at all, this affects those healthcare workers that just got laid off by Sempe Q and such.

great auntie bertha:
Couldn't get your link to work...

feathers are flying in victoria this morning.

Try this one
Will get you towhere you want to go.DL

Way to go HEU
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