Wednesday, June 09, 2010

 

Premier’s chief of staff grilled with defence allegation that Gordon Campbell told ex-aide Bob Virk to leak confidential BC Rail report to media

... Campbell chief of staff Martyn Brown vigorously denies it; 12 member jury guaranteed for trial

By Bill Tieleman,
24 hours columnist - June 9, 2010

A defence lawyer in the B.C. Rail political corruption trial alleged that Premier Gordon Campbell himself asked one of the accused to leak confidential documents to the media and violate his confidentiality agreement.

But the allegation was vigorously denied by the witness giving evidence - Campbell’s Chief of Staff Martyn Brown – as the long-delayed trial resumed with all 12 members of the jury agreeing to continue until the extended March 2011 completion date.

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UPDATE 5:20 p.m.

A fascinating cabinet issues briefing document entered as evidence by the defence was also made available to the media today, the second exhibit of the trial ... the 28 page document details proposed answers to media questions about the BC Rail deal and much, much more.

The first question: "How is a 990-year lease not a sale?"

The document goes on to discuss how to answer questions about the firing of David Basi and why Bob Virk was only suspended at that time; the role of Martyn Brown in personnel decisions, why the government won't suspend the BC Rail deal when it's "clearly under investigation", and much more.

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Read more HERE.

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No drinking in government offices, aide testifies at BC Rail trial 

Mark Hume 

The Globe and Mail - June 9, 2010

Gordon Campbell leaves an open cabinet meeting with his chief of staff Martyn Brown (left) in Victoria B.C. on Wednesday June 27, 2001.
Martyn Brown, Gordon Campbell

Martyn Brown, chief of staff to Premier Gordon Campbell, told the Supreme Court of British Columbia that he never heard the term “wonderful Wednesdays” and couldn’t recall if he ever had a drink with his boss at the office.

“I can’t recall ever having done that.… I may have, but it’s something I can’t recall.… I may have had a beer in the Premier’s office,” said Mr. Brown as he responded to a barrage of questions put to him during cross-examination in the BC Rail political corruption trial.

Mr. Brown, the first witness to testify in the long-awaited case, rejected the suggestion by defence lawyer Kevin McCullough that there was widespread drinking in government offices and the insinuation that Wednesdays were something like a happy-hour event at the legislature.

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Read Mark Hume's column HERE

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Comments:
Wow! How ever did Martyn get this far in life with a memory as lousy as his "appears" to be?!

C'mon Martyn...real men don't lie, or cover for those who do.
 
Bilderberg 2010 discussed on Coast to Coast AM. Link below.

http://www.infowars.com/alex-jones-gives-a-bilderberg-update-on-coast-to-coast-am/
 
waitaminit.

Wasn't part of Campbell's contrition for the Maui Affair, in which he broke what would be a criminal law in Canada but got off with a misdemeanour conviction in the state of Hawaii.....didn't he promise MADD and others that he would henceforth be teetotal, and attend AA and so on?

Another broken promise, of the worst and most hypocritical and insincere kind....

Alcoholism might have a lot to do with the list of prepared lies that's now Exhibit No. 2. Denial, denial, evasion, self-justification, posturing....handily written up as a manual of "talking points".

Hard to imagine this in the days of Ceece Bennett...and needless to say if there'd been any drinking in Harcourt's or Barrett's offices the media would have been all over it. I know there was that "scotch and cornflakes" thing back during Bill Bennett's days, but that was concealed alcoholism. Not regular drinks at 4 in the Preem's office....er, speakeasy.

But saying you've given up the sauce, while continuing to drink it in the very premises you managed to retain by saying you'd stop drinking - that's just ugly.

I think I need a drink.
 
"a barrage of questions"????

This is just the first round, from the first lawyer on prodding Martyn Brown.

There are three lawyers with each one representing a defendant. In all likelihood the defense team has sat down and made a list of questions for the first lawyer to ask, and a list of expected answers. From that data they can ask the same questions in a different fashion, or build upon the answer that was given.

Martyn Brown may think he's in safe waters now, but, like an iceberg's mass, of destruction, lying below, there are two more lawyers waiting to ask more questions on the same subjects, or more.

Just think, this scenario of triple questioning will go on, and on, and on.

Ten month trial projections needs re-thinking.
 
Of course Marty doesn't remember "wonderful Wednesdays," after all they were spent in a drunken haze.........

Remember also that when Gordo the Great Sleaze got caught DUI on Maui it was, or so went the official story, the very FIRST TIME in his fifty or so years of sleazehood that our CEO Premier had EVER gotten behind the wheel after drinking .....I believe that, wouldn't anyone?

I don't know how it is with slimey people, but in my own case I became less and less likely to drink and drive as I got older and somehow more responsible

BTW - Gordo was guilty of much more than just DUI that night according to the arrest report -speeding, wild lane changes, almost colliding with oncoming traffic, etc. - enough violations in one stretch of road to make Kevin "I can do deals on my cell phone and drive" Krueger and John "ding-dong Jr." van Dongen qualified to be driving instructors!
 
I only met Martyn Brown at one open meeting.He sidled up to us and started asking questions. He seemed to have a pretty good memory. He knew the fellow with me, and myself . We had never heard of the guy before so asked a then opposition MLA just who is that guy? Seemed he used to work for the BC Reform was considered very right wing, so keep an eye on him. He sure didn't leave the impression that he was worth listening to. Just my opinion but that's the opinion others seem to be getting from listening to his lack of memory
 
DPL,

You've just confirmed what I've sensed after reading about Martyn Brown, and following his "I know nothing" narrative on the witness stand.

Many thanks for that report of a close encounter with the guy.

Not 100% sure, but I think that being able to watch the proceedings on closed circuit TV would help us to size up the witnesses, too. Like, the way we watch Legislature debates. What do you think?
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waitaminit.

Wasn't part of Campbell's contrition for the Maui Affair, in which he broke what would be a criminal law in Canada but got off with a misdemeanour conviction in the state of Hawaii.....didn't he promise MADD and others that he would henceforth be teetotal, and attend AA and so on?

Another broken promise, of the worst and most hypocritical and insincere kind....

Alcoholism might have a lot to do with the list of prepared lies that's now Exhibit No. 2. Denial, denial, evasion, self-justification, posturing....handily written up as a manual of "talking points".

Hard to imagine this in the days of Ceece Bennett...and needless to say if there'd been any drinking in Harcourt's or Barrett's offices the media would have been all over it. I know there was that "scotch and cornflakes" thing back during Bill Bennett's days, but that was concealed alcoholism. Not regular drinks at 4 in the Preem's office....er, speakeasy.

But saying you've given up the sauce, while continuing to drink it in the very premises you managed to retain by saying you'd stop drinking - that's just ugly.

I think I need a drink.
 
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