According to Alex Tsakumis the BC Liberal caucus is in an uproar over the Basi Virk deal that bought an end to the BC Rail trial.
“In what must be Gordon Campbell’s most difficult week in government, ever, after having been dressed down by a senior member of cabinet, for the usual autocratic meddlesomeness the Premier is famous for, now I’ve learned of the target some members of B.C. Liberal caucus painted on Attorney General Mike DeJong’s forehead earlier this week during what was described to me by one member as “the most heated caucus meeting we’ve ever had, no question about it.”
Senior members of caucus, John van Dongen and Gordy Hogg, led the barrage of questions against DeJong. The issue? Why, ‘Basi-Virk’ of course…
Apparently, no shortage of cabinet and caucus members are up in arms over the obvious deal approved by DeJong’s ministry under clear pressure from the Premier’s personal political bailiwick.
The Attorney General, as has become his trademark, played through the entire line of questioning like the Campbell apologist he has become. Pity, too, since DeJong is one of the brighter lights in caucus and not known for obfuscation and skullduggery. But in this case he skated along, Colin Hansen-style, hoping there would be an end to the questions and comments by colleagues naturally upset by the transparent effort of the B.C. government to save the Premier and his close friends, lobbyist/consultant Patrick Kinsella and CN boss David McLean from taking the stand. And all done through the office of Special Prosecutor Bill Berardino.
The only problem with the BC Liberal caucus according to Tsakumis? They don’t have the guts to do anything about it.