Thursday, September 16, 2010

 

BC Rail Political Corruption Trial: Sept. 16, 2010

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BC Rail spent $150,000. on sports tickets ... purchases were made after the railway was sold

By Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun - Sept. 16, 2010

Excerpt:

Taxpayers footed the bill for more than $150,000 worth of sports tickets and a golf club membership in the years after BC Rail was privatized, a political corruption trial was told on Wednesday.
The information emerged during defence counsel Kevin McCullough's cross-examination of Brian Kenning, a former board member of BC Rail.
McCullough pointed out that when the government sold the publicly owned railway to CN Rail for $1 billion in 2003, BC Rail was drastically reduced in size and the single shareholder was taxpayers ...

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Rail+spent+sports+tickets+court+hears/3532194/story.html#ixzz0zhUpMN6R

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BC Mary comment: Now have a look at this bit of editorial magic -- and keep on reading past the stuff about false alarms and what the Fire Chief says ...

http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Owners+should+charged+false+alarms+fire+chief+says/3531280/story.html


... because Neal Hall's informative article (see link above) is tacked onto the end of this piece by Bill Cleverley -- no headline, no by-line -- just hooked onto the text where very few people would find it, if searching for BCRail Trial news in Times Colonist for Sept. 16, 2010. Gotta say, this is a new ploy in the game of Let's-baffle-the-citizens-again.


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Update:  E.M has left a new comment on your post "BC Rail Political Corruption Trial: Sept. 16, 2010...":

Yes Mary I agree, this is very strange. While I was comparing the two stories, Neal Hall's, and the Times Colonist story, and trying to wrap my head around why the story was like You said -- tacked on to the Fire alarm story --  someone fixed it. Here is the link now to the Times Colonist page, and the credit goes to Neal Hall/Vancouver Sun.


B.C. Rail spent more than $150,000 on Canucks tickets after railway sold, trial told
By NEAL HALL, Vancouver Sun September 15, 2010

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Rail+spent+more+than+Canucks+tickets+after+railway+sold+trial+told/3530744/story.html#ixzz0ziBQl6HP

Note the Times Colonist date September 15, ha ha, I go to Vancouver Sun, and it is the 16th.
BC Rail spent $150,000 on sports tickets, court hears
Purchases were made after the railway was sold
By Neal Hall September 16, 2010


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Rail+spent+sports+tickets+court+hears/3532194/story.html#ixzz0ziC2YKkR

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Comments:
Mary, I can't make heads or tails on this. The article has no new news in it, uness I missed the part about the busty hookers?!
 
8:52,

I don't exactly understand what you're saying, either.

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Yes Mary I agree, this is very strange. While I was comparing the two stories, neal Halls, and the Times Colonist story, and trying to wrap my head around why the story was like You said tacked on to the Fire alarm story, Someone fixed it. Here is the link now to the times Colonist page, and the credit goes to neal Hall/Vancouver Sun.


B.C. Rail spent more than $150,000 on Canucks tickets after railway sold, trial told
By NEAL HALL, Vancouver Sun September 15, 2010

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Rail+spent+more+than+Canucks+tickets+after+railway+sold+trial+told/3530744/story.html#ixzz0ziBQl6HP

Note the Times Colonist date September 15, ha ha, I go to Vancouver Sun, and it is the 16th.
BC Rail spent $150,000 on sports tickets, court hears
Purchases were made after the railway was sold
By Neal Hall September 16, 2010


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Rail+spent+sports+tickets+court+hears/3532194/story.html#ixzz0ziC2YKkR
 
Here is another Story from back in Dec. 02, It is on the Canadian Taxpayers Federation website.
A must read.

BC Rail restructuring under attack
With BC Hydro, ICBC, and BC Ferries out of the way, the last stop on the anti-privatization train is BC Rail. The usual suspects are already sharpening their knives.

Casting himself in the role of former Liberal MLA Paul Nettleton is a disgruntled past employee who launched a wrongful-dismissal suit against BC Rail. The lawsuit is already becoming a political football for the railway union that now wants a formal inquiry into allegations of 'sabotage' and 'conspiracy.'

But that's fear talking. Behind the union prattle is the usual anti-Liberal agenda to retain the status quo at all costs and thwart any attempts to reform the money-losing railway. BC Rail is handicapped by a $600 million debt and a $107 million deficit from last year.

Perverse logic sums up the conspiracy theory cooked up by former BC Rail head Mark Mudie. Fired for having a clandestine tryst with a college, Mudie hopes to convince the courts that he was the casualty of plot hatched by top brass to expedite privatization and trigger lucrative severance packages.

Not unlike the Nettleton letter that cried wolf over a BC Hydro sell-off, Mudie's charges are another veiled attack on the Liberal's mandate to reform BC Crown Corporations.

Mudie claims he was the foil to a master plan to sabotage the railway's profits and that's why he had to be removed. Otherwise BC Rail, presumably under his direction, would reverse a history of deficits and threaten to post profits, dashing hopes of an easy privatization.
read more @

http://www.taxpayer.com/british-columbia/bc-rail-restructuring-under-attack
 
BRIAN KENNING TESTIFIED THAT THE BC RAIL SALE EVALUATION COMMITTEE FELT CP RAILS FIRST ROUND BID
($950 M) WAS HIGH TO PUSH CN ($800M) TO PAY TOP DOLLAR AS CP RAIL FELT THAT THE FIX WAS IN FOR CN RAIL TO BUY BC RAIL.
 
Busty Hookers?
 
Forget why Cleverley, cleverly done what was done.
It is clear that this is,
NO DOUBT,
MONEY LAUNDERING!!!!

We must get the American and the lobbist of the American bidder to the stand!
Providing that they haven't fled to the South of France on our tax dollars.
IE:hush money!
 
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