Monday, October 01, 2007

 

Convicted Victoria City Police Officer, Rob Dosanjh, resigns from force

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Times Colonist -- Monday, October 01, 2007

An officer convicted of obstructing justice in a case linked to the 2003 raids on the B.C. legislature has resigned from the Victoria police department.

Victoria police chief Paul Battershill said he [word omitted] with Ravinder (Rob) Dosanjh Thursday. The former constable voluntarily resigned the next day.

In December 2006, Dosanjh was given a three-month conditional sentence for obstruction of justice.

He was convicted of counselling his cousin, Mandeep Sandhu, to lie about the origin of $35,000 found at Sandhu's house during an undercover police operation on Dec. 9, 2003.

"Rob has a post-policing career building houses and his family's doing well," said Battershill. {Snip} ...

Leads from the police investigation into Sandhu and Dosanjh led to RCMP executing search warrants on the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003.

Former ministerial assistants David Basi and Bob Virk and former civil servant Aneal Basi face charges of fraud, influence-peddling and money-laundering.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=4ce9ea14-c02c-4ee1-98a9-3282b73a35e3&k=46317

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Comments:
Mary,

Did you miss this important story? Seems as though the government has something to hide.

Review finds no misconduct by former B.C. deputy minister
THE CANADIAN PRESS

October 1, 2007 at 8:23 PM EDT

VICTORIA — An independent review by KPMG has found no misconduct on the part of Insurance Corp. of B.C. president Paul Taylor when he was a deputy minister.

The NDP had called on Taylor to step down during the investigation into his relationship with lobbyists while he was deputy finance minister.

The issue involved a 2003 memo between partners in a Victoria lobby firm mentioning business discussed during a fishing trip with Mr. Taylor.

The premier's deputy minister, Jessica McDonald, asked KPMG on April 13 to conduct an independent review.

The government says the investigation totalled more than 900 hours, more than 30 people were interviewed and a substantial volume of documents and electronic files was reviewed.

The government released a summary letter from KPMG but said after consultation with legal counsel it was determined the full report contained third-party personal information that couldn't be disclosed under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

New Democrat Leader Carole James said the government is hiding behind the review by not making it fully accessible to the public, after the premier promised in April to make it available.

“The government is telling us ‘trust us, everything is fine, don't worry, there's nothing to see here, there's no concern,”' she said. “Well, that's just not good enough for the people of B.C.”

Ms. James vowed to file a freedom-of-information request.

KPMG was also asked whether Mr. Taylor's dealings with the B.C. Auto Dealers Association were in line with his role as deputy minister.

The topic of the lobbyists' e-mail was the auto dealers association, which Mr. Taylor was president of before joining government in 2001.

The summary letter said Mr. Taylor, as deputy minister responsible for tax policy, would have been present where proposed changes impacting the association and its members would have been discussed with the minister of finance.

“However, we were also told that the final decisions with respect to tax policy changes were made by the minister of finance, and may have been made in consultation with the premier,” it said.

“No one we interviewed told us that Mr. Taylor had at any time tried to influence the minister of finance in terms of proposed changes in tax policy that impacted the BCADA or its members.”

KPMG said Taylor didn't divulge confidential information or benefit from information acquired from his job.

“We found no evidence in the work we performed that Mr. Taylor used confidential information received through his employment with the government to further his private interests or make personal gains,” the letter said.
 
From the T-C piece....

"Leads from the police investigation into Sandhu and Dosanjh led to RCMP executing search warrants on the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003."

Do we actually know that to be a fact?

(me, I'm really looking forward to that promised organizational chart from GW that I read about somewhere 'round these here parts, I think).

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Paul,

After seeing that story early this a.m., first I reviewed KPMG.

Google provides 14 million hits. They tell us that KPMG has 113,000 workers in 148 countries but that their reputation has been somewhat tarnished, the past while. I didn't have time to check farther because ...

next, I rushed the Paul Taylor exoneration over to "gw" who, I hope, is at work on that cobweb thingy he envisions, where key people are lined up with key appointments ... now we wait.

Thanks for helping, Paul. I think I'll leave that story in the side column for a while yet.

I mean KPMG didn't say there was no ahem, er ... problem there, did they? just that THEY couldn't find the problem. Right?

I wonder what their bill was for not finding a problem.

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Mary--

I think once gw tells you the identity of the CP's unamed lobbyists, you and your readers' ears will likely prick up a little more.

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I don't mean to stereo-type, but are there any connections with the arrest of an indo-cdn officer from Richmond, Jan.27,07 ? And, how about the Vanc.officer arrested for down loading porn on a police computer? Plus,a liberal MP forced out of his south Vanc.riding? Plus,Indo-Cdn arrests on April 19th.'04.& November'05. Senior Indo-Cdn organised crimesters...Remember,when the raid was first reported,'organised crime,police corruption,political interferrence, and terrorism'...
 
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Well, anon 4:17, if there are any connections, I don't see them.

Could you be more specific?

What were the arrests on April 19/04 and November/05 -- were the allegations similar, or what?

And ... 'terrorism/?? What do you mean?

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Anonymous glass guy said... The KPMG report on ICBC ceo Paul Taylor is unfinished.Additional key information should be in the detailed report to follow.FOI for the detailed report will shed light on the auto industry in B.C.The report and interviews were done by Peter Armstrong who is the boss and owner of one office of KPMG in Vancouver. The bottom of page 8 of the summary report says it all."Mr. Taylor brought a folder to the interview that he told us contained his personal notes in preparation for the interview and emails.We asked that Mr. Taylor provide us with any relevent information he had in particular,we asked if he would provide the contents of the folder and the emails. The contents of the folder and emails were not provided but Mr. Taylor subsequently sent us a list of the contents of the folder." WOW! some integrity for a public servant and very helpful for KPMG and the liberals. ICBC's Terms of Reference for the President/Chief Executive Officer states The CEO has the responsibility to:C. Foster a high performance corporate culture that promotes ethical practices, encourages individual integrity/accountability and social responsibility; I can hardly wait to see Mr. Taylors performance Report. O well,I hear he will be a witness in this trial. That should be interesting. Keep an eye on the body shop and auto glass problems in the province-closely connected to this trial and all the characters involved with directing ICBC work to specific auto body and auto glass shops in B.C.-All 900 + Million Dollars of it.
 
Re: Paul Taylor - I'm old enough to remember when in BC the Auto Dealers didn't just get gifts from government. Once upon a time, they were government, or maybe it just seemed that way.

They must have a special "macro" at Canned West to spit out this piece of boilerplate.

"Former ministerial assistants David Basi and Bob Virk and former civil servant Aneal Basi face charges of fraud,influence-peddling and money-laundering."

 
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