Friday, August 26, 2011
BC Rail says Good-bye to Erik Bornmann
BC Mary comment: It would be easy enough to ascribe ulterior motives prompting so many news items in Big Media on Erik Bornmann and his amazing "second chance" ... such as, describing him as doubtfully-reformed and therefore unworthy to ply his trade within the [cough ...] sacred halls of BC politics ... whatever. Whatever, it means there's a Bornmann article/editorial today almost anywhere you look. I thought the old stick-in-the-mud Victoria Times Colonist had the best ... and especially, please note that readers may access the Law Society of Upper Canada's documents at the end of this Les Leyne article here, too.
[Update: Uh oh!! Both their links are broken.]
Les Leyne: B.C. Rail briber wins a second chance
That's how Law Society of Upper Canada panelist Thomas Conway framed his discussion of the fate of the notorious Erik Bornmann, who admitted bribery in the B.C. Rail scandal.
The panel delving into his character has decided there is hope for the 35-year-old, so it approved his application to practise law in Ontario.
But if Bornmann's contrition is genuine, and not just part of some carefully coached strategy to weasel his way back to the high-rolling life, he'll realize he still has a lengthy probation ahead of him.
Although he's moved thousands of kilometres away, British Columbians would probably like to see a lot more atonement. Disgraceful behaviour by him and a cocky, like-minded crew cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars to sort out over seven long years.
Bornmann's own testimony to the panel was striking. He said he'd become a power broker and fallen into a pattern of "exchanging favours" as a lobbyist. He told them he'd become arrogant and amoral and admitted to the full range of dishonesty portrayed in Pilothouse's dealings.
Bornmann's fast-paced, highoctane life left little or no time for reflection, Conway recounted. But after the raid, his life became a nightmare.
In Bornmann's words, "I get sick thinking about it. Things just kept exploding for six years, seven years ... leaving this gigantic mess. It has hurt a lot of people.
"There are so many layers of regret and shame to my conduct."
Conway said Bornmann was cast into the wilderness when he lost his law-firm job and had no choice but to face the consequences of what he'd done in his "headlong quest for fame and fortune."
The tribunal accepted that he'd rehabilitated himself.
Bornmann won the day by a narrow margin. One panel member wrote a harsh, 24-page dissent noting "there is no honour among thieves" and that he compounded his criminality by betraying the people he'd bribed.
But the panelist was outnumbered and the law society gave Bornmann another chance.
It's a compelling story of redemption.
But it will take some people a while longer to determine if it's for real.
Read the Law Society documents in the case at:
The "Harper government" rewards evil corrupt monsters like Campbell. A monster who thieved our BCR. Thieved our rivers. Destroyed our province.
Campbell, Hansen and Harper, collude on the HST, long before the BC election. They force the HST onto the BC citizens...And WE have to pay the money back, to Harper for stealing the HST money from us?
This country is, an entire cesspool of corruption. Our country has been degraded down to, just another corrupt country of the world.
Harper, will owe the BC people, three years of the HST money, that was thieved from us.
Maybe I should come out of retirement.
British Columbia's second highest paid public sector executive last year was Allan Seckel, Campbell's former deputy minister and former head of the public service. Seckel took home $923,907, including an almost $550,000 severance package.
Third on the list was Martyn Brown, who until just before Campbell stepped down had been Campbell's longtime chief of staff.
Brown was shuffled into another job before Campbell left, but was let go once Premier Christy Clark took office. Brown took home $653,175.92 last year, including $416,191 in severance.
Another executive who took home a sizeable severance last year is Kevin Mahoney, who had been president of BC Rail. Mahoney collected a $392,000 severance, bringing his annual income last year to $523,456
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Gordon+Campbell+former+advisors+among+paid+public+sector+executives/5328994/story.html#ixzz1WY3n6yaB