Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

AG Critic to AG: " ... hand over the documents so that the people of British Columbia know what is the truth behind the B.C. Rail corruption trial"

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DEBATES - B.C. LEGISLATURE - FEB-24-2009 - Blues

DISCLOSURE OF DOCUMENTS IN BC RAIL COURT CASE

L. Krog (Opposition critic for Attorney General): Tomorrow Madam Justice Bennett of the B.C. Supreme Court will hear an application by the official opposition to be given access to binders of material related to the B.C. Rail scandal. The Attorney General has repeatedly said he is committed to openness and accountability. Does he or does he not support the public's right to know the truth about the B.C. Rail corruption trial? [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Hon. W. Oppal (BC Attorney General): I think that Madam Justice Bennett can make her decision without the assistance of anyone in this chamber.

L. Krog: What would be of assistance to Madam Justice Bennett would be if the government would cooperate by releasing all of the information that the public of British Columbia has a right to know.

I would remind the Attorney General that his government goes before the public of British Columbia on May 12 for the ultimate vote of confidence, the ultimate truth-finding expedition, and I would encourage him strongly to encourage the government's lawyers to hand over the documents so that the people of British Columbia know what is the truth behind the B.C. Rail corruption trial.

It's been over five long years since this Legislature was raided. The people have a right to know. Again, I'm asking the Attorney General: does he support the right of the people to know or doesn't he?

Hon. W. Oppal: It's apparent to me that when that member went to law school, he apparently missed the lecture that dealt with the doctrine of separation of powers. That is that during the course of any trial, it is totally improper for legislators to comment on what's going on in a courtroom.

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Comments:
Some strategic leaking during the election may be needed to flush out the truth. I'm certain that the NDP has a few interesting documents that will magically appear.

Hey, it's how Iggy found out Harper was running a deficit. Bureaucrats leak stuff to the opposition all the time.
 
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