Thursday, June 17, 2010
June 17, What the Hacks Had to Say
- Basi Virk trial update
CKNW News Talk 980
Premier Gordon Campbell's Chief of Staff has told the corruption trial of three former government workers, he doesn't remember efforts to control the media ...
- Finance minister under police surveillance while meeting BC Rail bidder, jury ...
Vancouver Sun - Neal Hall
VANCOUVER - Former finance minister Gary Collins was under police surveillance in 2003 while meeting with ...The Basi-Virk trial heard that Collins ignored the advice of "fairness" consultant Charles River Associates that ministers were not to meet with bidders before the bidding was closed.
The finance minister, on Dec. 12, 2003, met for dinner at a posh Italian restaurant in Vancouver with Pat Broe and Dwight Johnson, top executives of Denver-based OmniTrax.
The restaurant meeting took place roughly two weeks before police raided offices in the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003, and carted away boxes of material.
Why Collins was under police surveillance during the meeting was not explained to the jury.
But defence lawyer Michael Bolton suggested Thursday to the premier's chief of staff, Martyn Brown, that Collins was trying to offer OmniTrax a "consolation prize" for staying in the BC Rail bidding.
"I strongly say that never happened," Brown testified. "I would emphatically deny that."
- Premier's chief shocked to learn of cabinet minister's resignation, Basi-Virk ...
Vancouver Sun - Neal Hall -
VANCOUVER - Premier Gordon Campbell's chief of staff was shocked to learn Wednesday that Blair Lekstrom resigned ...
- EDITORIAL: Voters await real leadership
Evidence has been mounting over the years about the skilled, commanding presence of Premier Gordon Campbell. In fact, Campbell's such a diligent overseer, ...
- Premier's chief of staff unaware of finance minister' high-level dinner meeting
The Province - Keith Fraser
- B.C. Rail report dubbed 'phoney'
The Province - Keith Fraser - ?14 hours ago?
Martyn Brown, Premier Gordon Campbell's chief of staff, testified in BC Supreme Court Wednesday that the ...
- Campbell aide defends memory lapses during Basi-Virk trial
Globe and Mail - ?20 hours ago?
Martyn Brown, chief of staff to Premier Gordon Campbell, defended his honour and integrity in the Supreme Court of British Columbia Wednesday, after he was challenged over his repeated memory lapses.
In an emotional plea that was in contrast to the reserved demeanour he has shown in the witness box for the past two weeks, Mr. Brown asked Madam Justice Anne MacKenzie and the jury to accept that he honestly cannot recall events, e-mails or discussions he was allegedly involved in several years ago.
“I am unsure of many things,” Mr. Brown said. “One thing I am sure of is that I’m telling the truth.”
BP CEO Tony Hayward, who faced a severe grilling but shed little light on the company’s disastrous Gulf oil spill:
“I can’t answer that question.”....
“I had no prior knowledge of the drilling of this well, none whatsoever....
You may find it upsetting, but the suggestion you haven't contacted your office since you started testifying is simply unbelievable.
Fact is, the voting public is sure of one thing...and that is that you ARE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH.
If this klutz has been in charge of anything in this province for the past 10 years there is no longer any doubt why British Columbia is in such a mess.
Gordon Campbell put the slowest kid in grade IV in charge of hall monitoring - then he turned the whole ball game over to his friends in business.
The only thing that M Brown has remembered with any clarity is 9/11 and when he first, and other times, met Patrick Kinsella, both items must be in the same league.