Friday, February 11, 2011
BC Rail Political Corruption trial: $18 million and what do we get? An Egyptian revolution?
BC Mary comment: The people of British Columbia paid over $18million in legal costs for a trial without receiving any explanation from Canadian National Railway Company, Canadian Pacific Railway, CIBC World Markets Inc, or the Government of British Columbia as to how it was possible to indict Basi and Virk for "recklessly putting at risk the bidding process for the Freight Division of BC Rail in disclosing to interested third-parties confidential government documents and confidential government information including cabinet confidences". Nor have the previous owners -- the people of B.C. -- been informed as to how such a valuable public asset as BC Rail could slide (or be pushed) into private pockets, without our knowledge or consent. CN (now a private corporation with shares largely held in USA) is no help to us either. Another bidder, OmniTRAX, remains strangely silent.
Indictment says former ministerial staffers Dave Basi and Bobby Singh Virk jeopardized the bidding process
Vancouver Sun - March 24, 2009
Two former B.C. ministerial aides 'recklessly put at risk the bidding process for BC Rail' by leaking cabinet confidences and confidential documents, according to a criminal indictment filed this week [March 24, 2009].
Former aides Bobby Singh Virk and Udhe Singh (Dave) Basi each face six charges including fraud, soliciting or accepting bribes, influence peddling, and breach of trust in connection with the government's efforts to sell BC Rail -- and face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
An indictment filed late Tuesday afternoon in Victoria court says Virk and Basi "did by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defraud Canadian National Railway Company, Canadian Pacific Railway, CIBC World Markets Inc, and the Government of British Columbia, of an amount exceeding $5,000 by recklessly putting at risk the bidding process for the Freight Division of BC Rail in disclosing to interested third-parties confidential government documents and confidential government information including cabinet confidences," says the indictment
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Aides+leaked+Rail+sale+secrets/1424009/story.html?id=1424009#ixzz1DeuRPg1Y
For their18 million dollars, the people of British Columbia got next to nothing in return ...
It's time for a Public Inquiry into all aspects of the "sale" of BC Rail. Or -- this is a fair question -- do we take the Egyptian route?
Click HERE for "The Egypt RevolutionTheme Song!!!" from Terry Glavin's site.
Quote from Skookum1: Egypt is the birthplace of our civilization. It is doing that again; as it has times before - giving birth to new ideas and new movements. And new times, for better or worse. Let's hope for the better. Which means that the people of Egypt will win this, and gives us a new kind of country, a new kind of government. Worse, well, it could get a lot worse, but these [video] images tell a truth that no amount of blood will drown out.
Not to be missed, either ... and the new Hero is ... THE INTERNET:
The Next Step for Egypt’s Opposition
By MOHAMED ELBARADEI
New York Times - Feb. 10, 2011
... We are at the dawn of a new Egypt. A free and democratic society, at peace with itself and with its neighbors, will be a bulwark of stability in the Middle East and a worthy partner in the international community. The rebirth of Egypt represents the hope of a new era in which Arab society, Muslim culture and the Middle East are no longer viewed through the lens of war and radicalism, but as contributors to the forward march of humanity, modernized by advanced science and technology, enriched by our diversity of art and culture and united by shared universal values.
We have nothing to fear but the shadow of a repressive past.
BC Mary comment: And later in the day -- the 18th day of the Egyptian protest -- the 30-year dictatorship of oppression is over and the crowd in Cairo's main square is celebrating!
Anonymous has left a new comment on "BC Rail Political Corruption trial: $18 million and what do we get?":
Solidarity and cellphones and informed, youthful, non-violent leadership in the Tahrir Square has brought magnificent results but most of all an enduring patience with corrupt and dictatorial government has come to an end. Blessings to those folks in Egypt today now that Mubarek has stepped aside!
Reading about Mubarek - he gained his billions using the same techniques prevalent in the operations of the BC Liberals. And I'm not exaggerating - read up on where he got his money and how it worked. It was insider deals, bribery and privatization. Every international business that wanted in to Egypt had to go through his "sons". How is that different than what happened with BC Rail? Or the new casino in Vancouver? Mubarek just got away with it a little longer.
Can you imagine if Campbell was in power for 30 years? Or Harper!!!
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