Monday, June 14, 2010

 

Bill Tieleman's virtual TV report on the BC Rail Trial

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Bill Tieleman is the only guy in the BC Rail courtroom who had once served in the premier's office (Glen Clark, premier). Read Bill's evaluation of what Martyn Brown was saying on the witness stand  last Thursday. 

Blow by blow, the story is HERE.

http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2010/06/basi-virk-defence-alleges-premiers-top.html

Bill is back in the courtroom, as we speak. He promises more news a.s.a.p.

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Gordon Campbell asked minister to refer to premier's "strong leadership" in speech

By Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun - June 14, 2010

Excerpt:

... Brown explained to a B.C. Supreme Court jury that the premier's office monitors major media stories each day and prepares responses for ministers and the premier.
Brown was shown an e-mail sent Jan. 29, 2004 from the premier to the premier's political staff, including his press secretary Mike Morton, deputy chief of staff of operations Lara Dauphinee, and Tom Syer, the deputy chief of staff in charge of policy.
Defence lawyer Kevin McCullough suggested the document indicates the premier is asking that his "strong leadership" be refered to by a cabinet minister in a pending speech.
"He has asked that," Brown told the court, adding it was typical of the premier to ask ...

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Gordon+Campbell+asked+minister+refer+premier+strong+leadership+speech+Basi+Virk+trial+hears/3152864/story.html#ixzz0qr6dSM5x


Read more HERE.


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Secondlook has left a new comment ... 

It hasn't been Campbell at the helm in the Premier's Office - it's been Martyn Brown . . . who was a former Zalmoid when they tried to take over BC Reform with Chris Delaney, after VanderZalm was run out of office himself for similar political corruption. They all share a common trait of blind arrogance and zero conscience of right vs wrong palpable with Brown's testimony.

We are now seeing the fallout and chaos from having Brown, 'el primo' political fixer in Campbell's Ofice . . . all too cozy with VanderZalm and his autocratic destruction of BC. Same old game.

Nothing much changed did it?

It was not hard to predict when Martyn Brown not only controlled the Media Monitoring and the appointment of Virk, but political staff. No longer were the Ministers allowed to hire their choice of assistants - Martyn carefully pulled the strings right into the Ministers decisions and whom he met with - private Minister's schedules being overseen by staffers reporting to Brown.

It hasn't been a Cabinet making decisions; rather a tightly manipulated government agenda through the Premier's Office and Martyn Brown - exactly as it was under Bill VanderZalm.

Some of us have witnessed this charade for a very long time. None of this is a surprise.

The sick part is that the inner circle both in and outside of Government, including the Cabinet Ministers, have sat silently allowing themselves to be controlled while betraying the trust of British Columbians who put them in their seats - all motivated by private greed and private vested interests.

Nothing will change until this whole group of political Clubbers is removed from influence in BC - including VanderZalm and Delaney. . . . I would suggest that Mr T knows of what I speak. 

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Citizen Journalist reporting ...

June 14, 2010 Morning Sitting of Courtroom 54:

I attended court today and we still get more of the same. [Quote] I can't recall, but it probably did happen.

More Qs about Premier Campbell's management style and how he is a micromanager. I think that this relates to the Qs from last week about Campbell selling BC Rail to one of his biggest donors.

Premier's Chief of Staff admitted that it was possible that Campbell approved the look of highway signs for the Ministry of Transportation and that Campbell would recomend strategies for dealing with the media in order to discuss his strong leadership style. This was something that the Liberals attacked Carole James about.

Clearly the line of questioning is to illustrate to the jury that the manner in which Gordon Campbell handles the day to day operations of the BC Government. This is of key importance to the defence in establishing how the Premier handled the bidding process.

More names of more people, possible witnesses, came up today - Tom Syer, Jay Schlosar, Steve Anderson, Andy Orr, Michael Morton, and Lara Dauphinee.

Mr. Berardino rose and objected to several questions about Campbell asking Minister's to refer to his leadership in talking to the media.

A shameful performance from someone who should remain neutral in protecting the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Some rumours in the hallways that the reason Martyn Brown is not denying the Qs from the defence are because of the number of emails and docs the defence have and he does not want to commit perjury. Something to watch as other witnesses are called.

Citizen Journalist from 54 reporting

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Citizen Journalist reporting June 14, 2010 PM

Afternoon Sitting Court Room 54 - June 14, 2010

More details emerged about the role of Lara Dauphinee in the BC Government. When asked what role Lara played with the BC Rail deal in 2002 based on documents put to him, Martyn Brown claimed that Lara would not have been involved with the policy or discussions around policy.

Issues around the Campbell government dealing with Labour contracts drew more objections from Mr. Berardino. Berardino was objecting to more questions about the credibility of the Campbell government when they tore up labour agreements. The questions relate to the concerns over the BC Rail Unions and how the government was going to decimate another group opposed to Campbell's agenda.

The Premier's office vetted speeches and presentations from a Prince George conference in Nov 2002 designed to begin the sale process. Clearly an attempt by the Premier to maintain his hands on approach to government.

Martyn Brown admitted that the Premier's office was hands on in handling the BC Rail sale and had many staff working on the deal including BRENDA EATON, Deputy Minister to the Premier and another witness in this case.

Bob Phillips of BC Rail had his speech/presentation edited by the Premier's office as well.

Key name that came up today and was whispered to the defendents was RANDY WOOD - a communications PR guy who works for National Public Relations.

More questions and denials from Martyn about any knowledge of leaks of information by Prince George MLAs.

The strangest answer from Martyn Brown was regarding that the Special Prosecutor associate, Andrea Mackay, possibly showed a document to the witness, Martyn Brown. That raised many an eyebrow from the gallery.

Citizen Journalist from 54


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Comments:
It hasn't been Campbell at the helm in the Premier's Office - it's been Martyn Brown . . . who was a former Zalmoid when they tried to take over BC Reform with Chris Delaney, after VanderZalm was run out of office himself for similar political corruption. They all share a common trait of blind arrogance and zero conscience of right vs wrong palpable with Brown's testimony.

We are now seeing the fallout and chaos from having Brown, 'el primo' political fixer in Campbell's Ofice . . . all too cozy with VanderZalm and his autocratic destruction of BC. Same old game.

Nothing much changed did it?

It was not hard to predict when Martyn Brown not only controlled the Media Monitoring and the appointment of Virk, but political staff. No longer were the Ministers allowed to hire their choice of assistants - Martyn carefully pulled the strings right into the Ministers decisions and whom he met with - private Minister's schedules being overseen by staffers reporting to Brown.

It hasn't been a Cabinet making decisions; rather a tightly manipulated government agenda through the Premier's Office and Martyn Brown - exactly as it was under Bill VanderZalm.

Some of us have witnessed this charade for a very long time. None of this is a surprise.

The sick part is that the inner circle both in and outside of Government, including the Cabinet Ministers, have sat silently allowing themselves to be controlled while betraying the trust of British Columbians who put them in their seats - all motivated by private greed and private vested interests.

Nothing will change until this whole group of political Clubbers is removed from influence in BC - including VanderZalm and Delaney. . . . I would suggest that Mr T knows of what I speak.
 
June 14, 2010 Morning Sitting of Courtroom 54:

I attended court today and we still get more of the same. I can't recall, but it probably did happen.

More Qs about Premier Campbell's management style and how he is a micromanager. I think that this relates to the Qs from last week about Campbell selling BC Rail to one of his biggest donors.

Premier's Chief of Staff admitted that it was possible that Campbell approved the look of highway signs for the Ministry of Transportation and that Campbell would recomend strategies for dealing with the media in order to discuss his strong leadership style. This was something that the Liberals attacked Carole James about.

Clearly the line of questioning is to illustrate to the jury that the manner in which Gordon Campbell handles the day to day operations of the BC Government. This is of key importance to the defence in establishing how the Premier handled the bidding process.

More names of more people, possible witnesses, came up today - Tom Syer, Jay Schlosar, Steve Anderson, Andy Orr, Michael Morton, and Lara Dauphinee.

Mr. Berardino rose and objected to several questions about Campbell asking Minister's to refer to his leadership in talking to the media.

A shameful performance from someone who should remain neutral in protecting the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Some rumours in the hallways that the reason Martyn Brown is not denying the Qs from the defence are because of the number of emails and docs the defence have and he does not want to commit perjury. Something to watch as other witnesses are called.

Citizen Journalist from 54 reporting
 
Wow, the trial has barely started and yet, things start look pretty grim already.

I can only guess what is to come down the road.

Ha!!! this is what Campbell bragged about when he justified the pay increases - you have to pay if you want the best.

If it wasn't so tragic and disgusting it could almost be funny - I am having trouble trying to find the right words to describe it. It is like a bad run of "keystone cops" and these people are what we have running the government in Victoria. Enough already - no wonder we have such a huge deficit. Fire the lot of 'em.

There I feel a bit better now :-)

Thx
 
Afternoon Sitting Court Room 54 - June 14, 2010

More details emerged about the role of Lara Dauphinee in the BC Government. When asked what role Lara played with the BC Rail deal in 2002 based on documents put to him, Martyn Brown claimed that Lara would not have been involved with the policy or discussions around policy.

Issues around the Campbell government dealing with Labour contracts drew more objections from Mr. Berardino. Berardino was objecting to more questions about the credibility of the Campbell government when they tore up labour agreements. The questions relate to the concerns over the BC Rail Unions and how the government was going to decimate another group opposed to Campbell's agenda.

The Premier's office vetted speeches and presentations from a Prince George conference in Nov 2002 designed to begin the sale process. Clearly an attempt by the Premier to maintain his hands on approach to government.

Martyn Brown admitted that the Premier's office was hands on in handling the BC Rail sale and had many staff working on the deal including BRENDA EATON, Deputy Minister to the Premier and another witness in this case.

Bob Phillips of BC Rail had his speech/presentation edited by the Premier's office as well.

Key name that came up today and was whispered to the defendents was RANDY WOOD - a communications PR guy who works for National Public Relations.

More questions and denials from Martyn about any knowledge of leaks of information by Prince George MLAs.

The strangest answer from Martyn Brown was regarding that the Special Prosecutor associate, Andrea Mackay, possibly showed a document to the witness, Martyn Brown. That raised many an eyebrow from the gallery.

Citizen Journalist from 54
 
Thanks to Citizen Journalist and Second Look we are getting that slightly different outlook from the courtroom Mary. Their reporting along with Norman, Bill T, Robin and others gives us a report more complete in my view. Wish I were there. Thanks to all. Gary E
 
I feel the same Gary E. Man I wish I was a sheriff. Getting paid to take in the fall of Campbell and his Gang would be a wonderful treat.
 
court room 54 televised proceedings would be best.
 
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