Tuesday, August 18, 2009

 

Oh honestly ... they're too busy to look for the emails?

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Search for email evidence in BC Rail corruption case taxing Speaker's staff
Canadian Press - August 18, 2009

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The search for potential evidence in the BC Rail corruption case is apparently taxing the staff at the B.C. legislature in Victoria as they prepare for a new session that starts Monday.

A lawyer for Speaker Bill Barisoff told B.C. Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Bennett that the Speaker's staff have worked weekends and given up vacations to fulfil a defence request to unearth old MLA emails that may be related to the case.

Frank Falzon says he's ready to turn over a batch of emails from 15 MLAs but is balking at a new list of email searches, which he says will take hundreds more hours and which in some cases infringe on legislative privilege.

Falzon says the Speaker would comply with a court-ordered request but warns fulfilling it will take weeks because Barisoff's staff will also have to attend to their usual duties during the legislative session.

Two former B.C. Liberal cabinet aides and a government communications worker face fraud, breach of trust and money-laundering counts connected to the 2003 sale of BC Rail to CN Rail for $1 billion.

Defence lawyers are looking for evidence to back their claim the men were acting on instructions from the government when they leaked information about the sale process to a firm acting for a CN competitor in order to keep it in the bidding process when CN was the preferred buyer.

Read it HERE.

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Thats too rich! Perhaps they want the Judge to file a freedom of information request?
 
A silver lining via the lawsuit between a store owner and Canada Line may help clear the air as far as the secrecy surrounding the deal between the BC Liberals and CN Rail.

In the Vancouver Province this morning is this story:

http://www.theprovince.com/Project+financing+deal+made+public/1903511/story.html

"Project's financing deal to be made public

By Frank Luba, The ProvinceAugust 18, 2009"

"Her lawsuit proceeded without full details of the contract between Canada Line, a subsidiary of regional transportation authority TransLink, and InTransitBC, the private partner that designed, built, operates and maintains the line.

Although public money is paying for the project, details of the deal were withheld, allegedly due to a need for confidentiality."



Campbell claims he received One Billion Dollars for BC Rail, let's see the contract including the PPP deals he has been making.
 
i guess the dozens of people at the pab .public affairs bureau. cant help.?
 
Oh Dear! They've worked on weekends and given up the vacations to comply with an order from the Supreme Court. Well Mr. Barisoff, how many people could you have hired for the same amount of money you've paid in overtime?

They've "given up" their holidays? No doubt with a smile on their face as their holidays will still happen, with a whole lot more jingle in their jeans.

Oh yeah, this infringing on legislative privilege bullshit is getting a bit much, you're starting to sound like broken records. I don't give a tinkers damn about your so called "legislative privilege"...I give a damn about having someone in office who doesn't lie, manipulate, ostracize, browbeat, and abuse the "privilege" of said office to get his way.
 
Worth repeating - Ricky Barnes

"Thats too rich! Perhaps they want the Judge to file a freedom of information request"?

No kidding dude!
 
"A lawyer for Speaker Bill Barisoff told B.C. Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Bennett that the Speaker's staff have worked weekends and given up vacations to fulfil a defence request to unearth old MLA emails that may be related to the case."

Obviously Speaker Barisoff needs to FIRE his staff and outsource the process of finding e-mails to minimum wage/no benefits slaves and then they wouldn't need to give up vacation time they wouldn't have and couldn't afford to take anyway. Ask the germs in the hospitals, they love the new slave labor regime. Ripping up contracts is easy and the reich thing to do! (Unless it is $6,000 per month to Patrick Kinsella for "knowing" people, of course) But then people who can work both sides of the street at the same time, they're priceless!

Let's see $6,000 per month from BC Rail and how much from CN? Good gig if you can get it, and it must be a bargain for the people of BC - here take our money, our railroad and by the way, would you like a Power Utility cheap?
 
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