Friday, November 27, 2009


Basi-Virk acted to protect [BC] Liberal interests?

Vaughn Palmer

Vancouver Sun - November 04, 2006
Re-posted 3 years later: Nov. 27, 2009

VICTORIA - On the day after the police descended on the B.C. legislature in late 2003, an RCMP representative met with the news media to discuss the raid.

"Let me start by saying that illegal drug activity by organized crime in B.C. has reached critical mass," Sgt. John Ward told reporters.

"Organized crime has stretched its way into every corner of B.C. and into most city streets. It is not an exaggeration to say that organized crime is a cancer eating away at the social and moral fabric of B.C. . . . However police are making gains against organized crime where we can."

Illegal drugs. A cancer eating away at the fabric of the province. The tentacles of organized crime reaching inside the provincial parliament ....

The aides are accused of being involved in the exchange of confidential information regarding the sale [of BC Rail] and of gaining benefits and/or other considerations in return.

But one possible defence would be that they were authorized to pass along information to keep the bidding process alive.

That was a critical consideration for the B.C. Liberals as they moved to privatize BC Rail in the second half of 2003.

The preferred bidder was CN Rail. It had a continent-wide rail network and it was offering the highest price -- $1 billion.

But to preserve the competitive aspect of the process and to keep pressure on CN, the government needed other bidders.

Initially there were three. But one dropped out in the early going and a second exited in the final month, complaining that the process was tainted.

With only one other bidder left, the competitive aspect was hanging by a threat. Not surprisingly, the Liberals wanted to keep that alternative player in the game.

The rival bidder was OmniTRAX, a Colorado-based operator. It did stay in until the announcement Nov. 25, 2003, that CN Rail would takeover BC Rail.

OmniTRAX subsequently got involved in bidding for another BC Rail asset, the spur line serving the Roberts Bank superport.

There was talk that it might prevail in the bidding process as a sort of consolation prize.

But the Roberts Bank sale was cancelled in early 2004. Police had advised the government that confidential information regarding the spur line had ended up in the wrong hands, possibly compromising the bidding process.

The charges in the case imply a tit-for-tat. The aides were allegedly passing confidential information to gain something for themselves.

But what if any passing was inspired by their bosses, the politicians? What if the objective was to keep OmniTrax in the loop and thereby preserve the credibility of the BC Rail sale? ...


Is that a Freudian slip or a typo, where Palmer says "the competitive process was hanging by a threat" or did he mean "thread" ... in the Legislature Raids case, who can guess.

Reposted thanks to Pacific Gazetteer's reminder. Thank you, RossK. Now, go
HERE for a lot more on this. - BC Mary.



Government hides behind the Privacy Law when the privacy laws says nothing like this should be hidden from the public....

PAB is behind all of it.
You are most welcome Mary.

Again, I am of the strongest opinion that any reasonable, and reasonably informed, member of the citizenry would have a very difficult time not coming to the conclusion that such a 'quid pro quo', if it did indeed occur, is a critical aspect of this entire issue.

Especially when it comes to the matter of the intent that was in the minds of the accuseds' political masters at the time that the alleged bribe-taking took place.


Finally an answer as to how the media gets their collective hands on leaked documents:

From Hansard Blues November 26th, 2009

"Hon. M. de Jong: Mine is not an introduction –– rather a reminder from our ever-dutiful staff that take such good care of us here in the chamber that as we move towards the conclusion of this fall session…. All of that extremely confidential and personal material in everyone's desks –– please take it with you. That will save the staff a great deal of time and worry about what to do with that confidential material..... "

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Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah,

Here's something that directly relates to the BC Rail raid on the Legislature:

Royal Assent to Bills

Clerk of the House: [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Housing and Social Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2009 [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Health Statutes (Residents' Bill of Rights) Amendment Act, 2009 [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Assistance to Shelter Act [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Lobbyists Registration Amendment Act, 2009 [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2009 [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

In Her Majesty's name, His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor doth assent to these acts. [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Supply Act, 2009-2010 [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

In Her Majesty's name, His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor doth thank Her Majesty's loyal subjects, accepts their benevolence and assents to this act. [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]
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