Tuesday, June 30, 2009
JUDGE ON BC RAIL CORRUPTION CASE ORDERS DISCLOSURE OF MLA EMAILS
By THE CANADIAN PRESS – 58 minutes ago (June 30, 2009
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The B.C. government has been ordered turn over more emails and other records connected to the privatization of BC Rail in the corruption trial of three former government officials.
Justice Elizabeth Bennett of B.C. Supreme Court has granted a defence application for access to communications by Liberal MLAs related to the $1-billion sale of the Crown-owned railway to CN Rail in 2003.
Most were members of the Liberals' northern caucus but the list includes cabinet ministers and Premier Gordon Campbell.
The decision covers MLA email accounts, and is separate from a defence demand for material from executive council email accounts given to cabinet ministers.
The defence had filed a broad application covering a period from June 2001 to the present but Bennett cut the time frame sharply to cover 2002 to the end of 2004.
And no doubt some of these might contain quoted passages from the allegedly deleted emails. It's one thing to delete your own inbox and outbox; but anything that went out went somewhere, and some of what went out might have been material forwarded from elsewhere within the closed cabal of Executive Council emaildom....
We'll see if the RCMP were right in their declaring that no elected officials would be under investigation, i.e. the implication that none had done anything wrong (not that the RCMP have a sense of what that is in regard to their own behaviour, all too often).
I wonder - has Justice Bennett reason herself to view the sale contract for BC Rail? No evidentiary reason yet, but it may yet come to pass that the contract is ordered unsealed by the court and entered as evidence. Quite the way to make its public debut...
One is left to wonder why..