Wednesday, March 23, 2011

 

Calls for a Public Inquiry into the sale of BC Rail

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From Comox Valley Record - March 23, 2011


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... [Mike Farnworth]'s platform also includes plans to launch a provincial commission on education, and to hold a public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail.

Farnworth is the opposition house leader and NDP public safety critic. He has previously served as minister of health, and of social development and economic security, among other cabinet positions. From 2001 to 2004, he worked in Bulgaria, the Balkans and most recently Iraq, where he helped develop democratic governance programs in former one-party states.

The NDP leadership campaign ends April 17 when the party votes in a new leader to replace Carole James.


Read more HERE.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/comoxvalleyrecord/news/118503444.html

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[John] Horgan set out three fundamental changes he says [Christy] Clark must make to begin to restore the public’s trust in government:

•  Appoint a judicial inquiry into the BC Liberal government’s decision to pay $6 million to cover the legal fees of government insiders David Basi and Bob Virk and to answer the open questions related to the role of BC Liberal politicians and friends in the sale of BC Rail,

NDP Leadership Candidate John Horgan Calls for a Public Judicial Inquiry On BC Rail Corruption Scandal

NDP leadership candidate John Horgan wants new Premier to appoint a judicial inquiry into the BC Liberal government’s decision to pay $6 million to cover the legal fees of government insiders David Basi and Bob Virk and to answer the open questions related to the role of BC Liberal politicians and friends in the sale of BC Rail.


Read more at THE LINK,

http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=5636

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MLA calls for public inquiry into BC Rail scandal

MLA Report by Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald

Revelstoke Times Review - March 16, 2011

The guilty plea from two top BC Liberal insiders, which cost taxpayers $6 million, was intended by the BC Liberals to be the end of the BC Rail scandal. But for most British Columbians, the $6 million payout just added one more question as to who benefited most from the giveaway of BC Rail.

When we witnessed the police raid on the Legislature in 2003, we began seven years of investigation and court proceedings. Over the years, many disturbing allegations have been brought to the public’s attention.

BC Rail was a public asset, owned by the people of British C ... read more HERE:

http://www.bclocalnews.com/opinion/118119914.html?c=y&curSection=/surrey_area/cloverdalereporter&curTitle=BC+Opinion&bc09=true

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Comments:
Hello Mary,
This is an issue that Chrisy Clark and the liberal government will do anything to avoid but one that is first and foremost on the minds of the public. The issue isn't going anywhere. It will be the downfall of this current bunch. It is good that Farnsworth and Horgan among others are keeping it in the forefront where it belongs.
There will be an inquiry and not one that just discusses the policy behind the payment but all aspects of the corrupt sale and the individuals involved, anything short of that is unacceptable!
All the best,
Don
 
Most welcome news Mary.

Farnsworth and Horgan's effort will be greatly appreciated. BC people have been so angry, for a very long time. It's a feeling of closure for the people. Campbell has been an over saturation of lies, deceit and corruption.
 
I wuld like to nominate Thomas Braidwood to head up the inquiry.
 
Anon 4:19 - I second that! If not Justice Braidwood...then Justice Craig.
 
Just to note that with a federal election also looming, BC Rail and the general issues of government and evident judicial corruption and the politicization of the RCMP should be thrust in front of federal candidates' faces (particularly the Grits). "Oh, but this is provincial politics, not federal, it's not their turf" is, when heard, pure bullshit. Bringing corruption to heel and restoring democratic credibility are national issues, as is returning to public hands the many parts of the provincial government and crown corporations which are now in foreign hands as a result of "free trade in governmnt". The dismantling of water rights protected under the FTA, which BC energy policies are doing, should be a hot-button national issue, not kept in quarantine on this side of the Granite Curtain. And any Liberal (federal I mean) who shoots his or her off about going after the corruption among the Harper Tories can readily be called a hypocrite, publicly, if they don't say anything about corruption in BC. Smiling and waving with Christy is not going to get them any votes, that's for sure....
 
"De Jong now goes to great pains to say he wasn't involved in the plea bargain, saying he didn't want to interfere in a politically charged case that was overseen by an independent special prosecutor.."

There was a "independent" special prosecutor? You mean the guy that spent years as a law partner with the sitting Attorney General and over a decade with a high ranking deputy minister - that one? Berardino and Winteringham were nothing more than the defense team for the Campbell Crime Family and Anne Mackenzie served the BC liaR Mafia as consigliere.
 
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