Saturday, October 13, 2007

 

Remember Bruce Torrie? The lawyer? The break-in? In Victoria?

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Bruce Torrie, a Victoria lawyer and a former legal counsel to the Liberals who has been briefing high mucky mucks in that party about the possible infiltration of the Liberal Party of Canada by organized crime. It would seem someone got nervous and did a professional burglary job of his home. What does Torrie think? "I think organized crime was trying to find out what I know about their activities within the Liberal Party of Canada."

- from Reflections on Canadian Politics, 13 February 2004.

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Victoria Independent Media Center

DID [Removed on advisement for possible Libel] BURGLE BRUCE TORRIE'S VICTORIA HOME?
by Alan Rycroft and Bruce Torrie, via CCC
Friday February 06, 2004 NEWS RELEASE

Liberal Lawyer's House Burglary Follows Briefings on Organized Crime


VANCOUVER -- The Victoria home of Bruce Torrie was burgled last weekend, three weeks after he began briefing high-placed Liberals about the possible infiltration of the Liberal Party of Canada by organized crime.

Bruce Torrie is the former Legal Counsel to the Liberal Party of Canada (B. C.) and the Liberal Party of B.C., as well as the former President of the Vancouver Centre Provincial Liberal Riding Association, and the former Policy Chair of the LIberal Party of B.C.

"Police tell me that this was the work of professionals, who cut phone lines to disable the alarm system," said Torrie. "They left almost everything of real value, taking only three large jars of pocket change and a few other items. They found two secret hiding places in my home that I didn't even know existed, and turned my house upside down apparently looking for information."

Torrie has been briefing high-placed Liberal Party officials and activists from his Vancouver home since January 9, and believes the burglary is related to his briefings.

"After the RCMP raid on the B. C. Legislature, it's no secret that police are investigating organized crime at the highest levels of Canadian society," said Torrie. "I think organized crime was trying to find out what I know about their activities within the Liberal Party of Canada."

Torrie believes that there are two crime rings fighting for control within the LIberal Party of Canada, and that several prominent politicians and party functionaries are "patsies or proxies for organized crime."

Information:
http://www.brucetorrie.ca
Bruce Torrie, 604. 685 0222
RCMP, 250 474. 2264 (file no. 20041551)

The burglary is being investigated by the RCMP. Media outlets wishing to gain access to the crime scene in Victoria are asked to schedule an appointment through Bruce Torrie. [End of quote]

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Whew. I pick myself up off the floor and think: Yes, these are the things we're expected to forget given enough sensory deprivation. Sorry. I don't want to sound mean or negative. But there are moments -- and this is one of them -- when it's time to ask if the public interest has been properly defended. Or has B.C. with its multi-billion-dollar black market developed a climate in which crime could run rampant? - BC Mary.

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Comments:
All this talk about the RCMP brings to mind this interesting tidbit about how Mark Marissen operates his "inner circle" within the lpcbc. To get into his "inner circle" one has to have joined the liberal party as a young Liberal. People who join the Liberal Party later in life are kept at arms length by Mark. Furthermore most of the Marissen loyalists in the party are below average height, much shorter than Mark who is over 6 feet tall, and look young enough to be asked for ID if they enter a bar. Almost all of them are younger than the 41 year old Marissen. No one knows why Mark applies these criteria for picking his associates but one thing is certain, it would be nigh unto impossible for an undercover RCMP officer to penetrate Mark's inner circle. The mounties would have to find a cop who looks like a teenager, send him back to college so he can join the party as a young liberal for him to even stand a chance entering Mark's confidence.
 
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"Yes, these are the things we're expected to forget given enough sensory deprivation. "

-- Look at my watch... spinning... you feel your eyelids droop... you're getting very sleepy... very sleeeepy....
 
I've always thought the BC Young Liberals are a clue, and an often over-looked clue, to so much in this province.

A special kind of nursery for special kinds of projects.
 
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Lynx:

You got me thinking about that. Looked it up, in fact. CBC said this on 22 Dec 2004 in a piece titled FORMER B.C. LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AIDES CHARGED:

" ... David Basi and Virk were Young Liberals together at the University of Victoria. They and their associates later became known as "Basi's Boys," campaigning for Prime Minister Paul Martin's leadership bid in British Columbia's Indo-Canadian community.

The 2003 raids grew out of a separate police drug investigation. Basi also faces drug charges involving marijuana, and is scheduled to make a court appearance in Victoria on Jan. 26 to enter a plea on the drug charges.

FROM OCT. 28, 2004:

How all the different parts of the case fit together has been shrouded in judicial secrecy. But in recent months, some details of the joint RCMP and Victoria Police Department investigation called "Operation Everywhichway" have come to light.

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And as we inch closer and closer to Decision Day, "somebody" starts to make life miserable for one of the men who led that raid on the B.C. Legislature: Victoria Police Chief Battershill.

Co-incidence? I think not.

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