Friday, July 17, 2009


Toronto Star on the BC Rail Case

Missing B.C. emails at issue

Critics seek probe into destruction of material sought by lawyers in provincial corruption case
Toronto Star - July 17, 2009
Petti Fong
Western Canada Bureau Chief

VANCOUVER– {Snip} ... But lawyers for the two men say anything they did was at the behest of others interested in keeping OmniTrax in the bidding process, though CN was the favoured buyer.

Their lawyers have sought material to bolster that position almost since police raided the men's offices in the B.C. legislature in December 2003.

Lately, they've been zeroing in on the emails of about 24 Liberal MLAs, as well as those involving B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and ministers connected to the deal.

The government's lawyer, George Copley, previously claimed the emails from 2001 to 2004, including backup copies, had been purged from the communications system.

NDP justice critic Leonard Krog is calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the destruction of the emails.

Defence lawyer Michael Bolton said it's not known who ordered the email backups be destroyed.

"We're very concerned," said Bolton, who represents Basi. "It could affect the outcome of this case."

In Victoria yesterday, Campbell refused to comment specifically on the case. A B.C. Supreme Court judge will rule Monday on the relevance of the disputed emails

With files from The Canadian Press

A bit off topic but here is a story of CN in Prince George.
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