Wednesday, September 07, 2011


"My ruling was fair and just." Is that what the Chief Justice is saying?

Top judge defends decision to give ex-BC premier award

By Lindsay Kines
Postmedia News - Sept. 7 , 2011

BC Mary comment:  Get this! Here's a  Chief Justice who, in effect, is ruling on his own decision [to award an O.B.C. to Campbell]. And even worse, he's telling the people to stfu, buzz off, and let the grown-ups deal with these matters. 

VICTORIA — The controversial decision to appoint former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to the Order of B.C. was within the rules, the province's top judge said Wednesday.

Chief Justice Lance Finch, who chaired the order's advisory council, issued a statement saying he wanted to clarify "misunderstandings" about Campbell's appointment.

He said provincial legislation prohibits naming an elected official to the order while they are still in office, and that Campbell was no longer an elected politician when he was appointed Sept. 2.

NDP house leader John Horgan said the judge's brief statement was accurate as far as it went. But Horgan said it still looks like the advisory committee gave Campbell special treatment, because he was ineligible for the award at the time nominations closed on March 10.

Campbell remained an elected official until he resigned as the representative for Vancouver-Point Grey on March 15 ...

{Snip} ... 

Read more HERE:

National Post ... "Hundreds of British Columbians are joining an online protest against the Order of BC award ... "

Read about it HERE:


Cross-posted from comments:

One tidbit I'm chewing -
Reports say that Campbell's nomination package was submitted by the deadline of March 10. That means whoever submitted the nomination package was "in the know" about Campbell's resignation to come 4/5 days later. I want to know who submitted Campbell's nomination? Or more tellingly, who paid that person to submit the nomination?
Follow the money... 


Skookum1a has left a new comment on your post "Campbell's caught":

Who should have weighed in when CP and OmniTRAX (and BNSF) made their comments about the bidding process being tainted was the federal Competition Bureau. Similarly when the CIBC World Markets and Charles River Associates reports were shown to be "flawed" (rigged). Likewise when testimony and cross-examination of Brian Kenning showed the rigging of BC Rail's financial status with pre-arrived-at conclusions provided by a contrived terms of reference for his work.

The feds should have weighed in on this LONG ago. Wasn't gonna happen under a Martin government, because of the Kinsella/Marissen connection (never mind the Basi-Martin connection), and of course Harper is not gonna take action against anything that's going to get in the way of his own dismantling of the Canadian state into a US satrapy.

This was, I'll repeat again, all set in motion when the US took umbrage at Glen Clark and decided to find ways to take over BC's infrastructure and place it under US control. Not just infrastructure like transportation and highways and power, but actual government infrastructure. and control of the political system.

And I still think some investigative digging into Lara Dauphinee's past might turn up some very interesting US links.....a control under deep cover, now being laundered into a mini-celebrity in business and BC high society.....

"They" don't want a full public inquiry because it would reveal too much about "them". And I don't mean the immediately guilty.....

You'll laugh, too, when you see who's been nominated for the Order of B.C. by Kim at Progressive Bloggers:

Sister Sage's Musings: my shortlist for the Order of BC Award

Here’s some folks just off the top of my head who merit the Order of BC Award.  Ironically, the award was invented on Bill VanderZalm’s watch, given that Gordon Campbell and several of his political operatives have been approved for this award.  I think it’s a NeoLiberal thumb of the nose middle finger . . . → Read More:
Sister Sage’s Musings: my shortlist for the Order of BC Award

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Mr Justice Lance Finch is, frankly, spinning. The rules for 'nominees' clearly state that people who are elected officials ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR NOMINATION.

The fact of the matter is that this list of honorees has had their service and their honour discredited by the inclusion of Campbell and Dobell in their cohort.

I think a plausible case can even be made for giving the award to Furlong - although it pains me to say to - but Dobell and Campbell, for obvious reasons, have cheapened the award to the point that anyone else who gets the damn thing is tarnished by their appointment.

Campbell should do the right thing and decline - Dobell too.

And Mr Justice Finch should never have been put on the advisory council - as the chief judge of the Supreme Court he should have known better than to accept THAT appointment too.
G West,

I think that our own mental health requires some sort of outlet.

Such a deeply-felt, righteous anger can be a powerful engine.

I'm hoping CherylB -- and others -- have plans for October 4,

if not sooner.
One tidbit I'm chewing -
Reports say that Campbell's nomination package was submitted by the deadline of March 10. That means whoever submitted the nomination package was "in the know" about Campbell's resignation to come 4/5 days later. I want to know who submitted Campbell's nomination? Or more tellingly, who paid that person to submit the nomination?
Follow the money...
There is nothing in this province, more corrupt than the judicial system and judges. Think back to Campbell's theft and corrupt sale of the BCR trial. The braid dead witness, Martyn Brown. We were all afraid, he wouldn't be able, to remember his way home. De Jong then, thieved our tax dollars, to pay the two patsies, who took the fall for Campbell.

Think of the "special prosecutors". They get politicians and the elite off for their breaking of the law. Thornthwaite and Kash Heed for two. There is a two tiered judicial system in BC. For the rest of us, justice is for those who can afford it.

The OBC is just another corrupt institution in BC, among many others. There is nothing in this province, that isn't corrupt.
I'd like to know who paid that nominator to call him a "visionary".

That's the sickest part of the whole thing, to me.
@G West

I'm of the opinion that judges and courts in BC are every bit as corrupt as the BC Liberals. Everything else is rigged in this province, why should the OBC not be rigged?

As for Finch, wouldn't he have had something to do with the parachuting of Anne Mackenzie to replace Elizabeth Bennett? Or was that entirely ACJ Dohm (and, of course, Harper)?

The Globe's pusturing editorial that cronyism is not evident nor should anyone like Furlong or Finch or even Barisoff be accused of it is just so much trash.

Do - or can - justices make political party contributions? Any i9dea, if so, whether Finch contributed to the BC Liberal Party?

Was he a Martin-era appointee (Chretien-era?), or a Harper-era appointee?
It matters not of the legality of anything is this province, it is done anyway. The BC politicians and the elite are not required to be honest, and obey the BC law. Our judicial system has proved this, over and over.

BC is the most corrupt province in all of Canada, because of our corrupt, Campbell/Clarke and the BC Liberals.

We can also see the corruption in, Campbell with the most disgusting record in politics, wins the OBC. Go figure. In all my years, I have never seen a politician, as evil as Campbell.
Has anyone looked into "why" this award is so important to Cambell and if there is any relationship to criteria to be the High Commissioner? Just wondering what the motiovation is for the Order to be given to him?
Anon 11:28,

Good question.

If you google "Order of British Columbia" you'll find addresses (including email) for contacting them online.

They give the impression that the awards are hugely popular but I bet they'll find very polite ways of saying f.o. when you ask about the motivation for awarding Gordon Campbell this honour.

I've posted their response to my simple question: "How much of the investiture is open to the public?"

Please give your question a try and let us know how they reply. I must say they do respond quickly.

I hope lots of worried citizens take this up, and question the O.B.C. about an action so offensive to many, many British Columbians.
I'm waiting for someone with an OBC to step up to bat and turn it in. It's meaningless if Campbell accepts his, likewise Dobell or Emerson.

Davis Suzuki? Vicky Husband? Are you listening?
From 2003 to 2008 Nominations were In January, selected by April or May and presented in June.

Past OBC Dates

Nominations OpenJanuary 29, 2003 May 13, 2003 selected
Awards will be presented in a ceremony at Government House on June 2
January 20, 2004
Nominations selected May 20, 2004,awarded
June 16 at 1 p.m.

January 18, 2005
Nominations Open April 15, 2005 selected,awarded
June 29, 2005, at 1 p.m.

January 31, 2006
Nominations Open May 18, 2006,awarded June 22, 2006, at 1 p.m.

January 30, 2007
Nominations Open,selected May 28, 2007
awarded June 14, 2007, at 1 p.m.

January 13, 2008
Nominations Open,selected May 28, 2008
awarded June 26, 2008, at 1 p.m.

January 12, 2009
Nominations, selected August 24, 2009
awarded Sept. 16, 2009

March 15, 2010,selected August 6, 2010
awarded Oct. 21, 2010

Someone wrote a comment to the above Story "It appears that Chief Justice has reading comprehension problems which is most worrisome. On the Order of BC site:
it quite plainly states:
"There are a couple of exceptions.
Your nominee must not currently be an elected person with federal, provincial or municipal governments."

"Nominee' (not "Appointee" as he has tried to spin it) must NOT CURRENTLY be.....
Truth is Campbell was indeed 'currently' an elected official at the time of the nomination!
He cannot legally be awarded the OBC this year.
I agree!!!!!
"reading comprehension problems"??

No, more like "moral comprehension problems"......
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