Monday, October 24, 2011

 

Michael Smyth says: "I didn’t think anything could stink worse than the B.C. Rail plea bargain ..."

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         Don't miss the important link to an update 
by Paul Willcocks (scroll way down)
   Cover-up feared as taxpayers pay ...





BC Mary comment:  Before he left B.C., Gordo established a mega-ministry to issue faster, easier permitting of natural resources. His "visionary" Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations might work to the advantage of foreign corporations ... or ... their expedited permits might simply collapse, leaving the foreign corporations like Boss Power with the option, clearly exposed here, of suing the BC taxpayers for their pain.  The foreign corporations can't lose. Today, Michael Smyth smells an old, familiar stench ...


$30 million k
eeps Liberal mine deal out of court

By Michael Smyth
The Province - October 24, 2011


To hear Energy Minister Rich Coleman describe it, paying a $30-million settlement to a mining company for blocking the company’s claim to a uranium deposit is no big deal.

But the opposition NDP has a different view of the astonishing deal with Boss Power that burned B.C. taxpayers to a crisp: It’s hush money, they say, to protect Liberal politicians.

Now the NDP are demanding answers — and an apology.

“Saying, ‘I’m sorry, we broke the law, and it cost taxpayers $30 million’ — that would be a start,” said NDP energy critic John Horgan.

But an apology wasn’t coming Monday — and answers were in short supply during a raucous session of the legislature.

The government’s costly battle with Boss Power began in April 2008, when the ruling Liberals announced a ban on uranium mining.

Just three days earlier, Boss Power filed an application to proceed with exploratory drilling of a uranium deposit they claimed near the Big White ski resort, south of Kelowna.

During the subsequent legal tussle between the company and the government, it emerged that the province’s chief inspector of mines had been told to ignore the company’s drilling application.

That was despite the fact that the government had an internal legal opinion that said ignoring the application would be a “breach of statutory duty” — or “breaking the law” as the New Democrats prefer to put it.

Now the company had the Liberals over a barrel. They sued to the hilt. And the government settled out of court last week for $30 million.

Did the government buy an end to a politically embarrassing trial? Who knows how many cabinet ministers and top bureaucrats would have been called to testify in court? And this is the same bunch that cut a $6-million plea-bargain deal to bring an end to the politically toxic B.C. Rail corruption trial.

“This is a case of, ‘I’ll see your $6 million, and raise you $30 million,’” said Horgan, who demanded to know why such a vast amount of money was forked over to the company.

{Snip} ...

Now the government is refusing to release internal legal documents showing how the $30-million figure was arrived at.

I didn’t think anything could stink worse than the B.C. Rail plea bargain. This one comes close. And the stench is still rising.

msmyth@theprovince.com

twitter.com/mikesmythnews


Read more HERE:

http://www.theprovince.com/million+keeps+Liberal+mine+deal+court/5599971/story.html#ixzz1blMIybOr

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Don't miss the best-ever, most concise and irrefutable summary of how this bit of legalized corruption went down ... while remembering BC Rail:

Cover-up feared as taxpayers pay $30Million to mining company

by Paul Willcocks

Click HERE for Paul's full explanation

http://www.canada.com/Cover+feared+taxpayers+mining+company/5607224/story.html

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Comments:
ImAgine you had advance notice of change in policy.
 
Is there anyone in BC who would now admit to being a Liberal supporter?
 
The problem is BC Mary, the whole Liberal Party, all their cheerleaders, the PAB and their trolls on the net stink to high heavens.
The bigger problem is too many of the voters are still being bamboozled by these masters of lies and deception.
 
B: Well, then you would quickly file notice with the registry--say, 3 days beforehand--and then wait to sue and settle out Richly, as in bro.cole.man.
 
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/canadian-billionaire-arrested-facing-corruption-charges-britain-232509976.html
 
doubly ironic given those terms in the BC Rail contracts (the parts we could find out about) that exempted CN from criminal or civil action if any part of the deal were found to be illegal; i.e. the contract itself was technically illegal AND unconstitutional. And I'd wager similar clauses are to be found in other buddy-deals the Liberals sign, including things like this mining contract.

this reminds me of the "compensation" paid forestry and mining companies for timber leases they were given that they never used, or agreed not to use, even though the paperwork signing those claims over to them didn't cost them a damn thing other than campaign contributions.

This $30 million payout is the tip of a much bigger iceberg....all a company has to do is say they want to do a mine they will not get approved, have a contract with the gov over it with certain clauses, then get shut out and threaten to go to court, then take a settlement from their friendly government, etc.

This is racketeering, plain and simple.

Can ANYONE get such clauses in government contracts? No, only certain people/investors...and HOW would you come to be such a person/investor? Oh, yeah, campaign contributions and a few cocktail parties, maybe a barbeque on Savary Island.... Maybe some game tickets in Denver aren't such a "bribe" at all, relative to this kind of thing.
 
Skookum,

Do you think there are lawyers who care so much about British Columbia and about the graceful beauty of the law itself ...

that they'd go through the recent BC legislation and begin laying charges?

This $30Million suit contains enough evidence to convict the Campbell/ChristyClark government ...

but must we sit through the torture of watching Learned Robes miss the point time after time, as with BC Rail?

If criminal charges aren't laid as a result of this $30Million Uranium caper, there's no longer any doubt about BC's situation.
 
Here here, BC Mary, Here here.
 
Skookum...doesn't it seem odd to put a clause like that into the BC Rail contract..unless of course they knew damn well parts or all of the contract was illegal from the get go?
 
Even a basic, layman's understanding of the law,

begs the question:

how can it be legal to write a virtual pardon into a contract?

Doesn't this reveal criminal intent?
 
Lets not forget the Rules for the Competition Bureau got changed also. After a Year of the Merge/purchase no investigation can be done. Thats Fed issue but shows the things put into place to protect Our assets arent worth crap.
 
Rich ColemnHe quit the RCMP after 8 years to run a private security company i Kamloops, and dumped it after 2 years. He did security consultancy in Aldergrove, which led to participation in development projects. Coleman also engaged in Aldergrove politics. Jordan Bateman (Langley blogger: Coleman campaign manager) brought him into provincial politics, with cop-lobby assistance.

Coleman has no extensive administrative background. Yet he soon found himself Solicitor General. He packed that ministry with ex-cops. That continued until Gordo felt leveraged - which is what the cop lobby does - after Coleman approved the BVB raid. Cops have been given a blank cheque in this province since same. As did Ontario cops get same after the cop-lobby targeted Judy Sgro (Toronto Councillor and later Federal Liberal MP).

I have wanted Coleman put under the microscope since he suppressed the Frank Paul inquiry, on cop "morale" grounds.

Maybe Coleman can bear scrutiny, but there should be no blank spots in the background of Cabinet Ministers.
 
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