Alex Tsakumis is promising some devastating news this week regarding Christy Clark and the BC Rail trial.
It’s well known that Clark’s campaign team and fellow travelers reads like a witness list in the Basi Virk trial: Patrick Kinsella, Jess Ketchum, Mike MacDonald, brother Bruce Clark, ex-husband Mark Marissen, Pilothouse supremo Brian Kieran.
And it’s well known that Clark herself was a likely witness. She had taxpayer paid legal representation at the trial in expectation of her being called. No wonder she goes all grumpy when people raise the issue of a public inquiry.
And now Alex Tsakumis is saying he has information that might bell the cat. What could it be?
According to the first of two affidavits filed in court by Executive Council lawyer George Copley backup tapes from 2003 and 2004 containing cabinet member emails were ordered destroyed in the month before 2009 election by an unnamed official.
Copley thought the order had been carried out and the tapes and emails were no longer available. In a second affidavit correcting the first, the official responsible revealed that some tapes did not make it to the crematorium. The rumour is that Clark’s emails are amongst those retained and made available to the defence through the special prosecutor and the Executive Council’s counsel.
One of the continuing mysteries which the salvaged tapes may explain is the demise of the the “consolation prize” – aka the Roberts Bank line – which was put out to bid separately from the rest of BCR. That bid was cancelled in the Spring of 2004 on the advice of the RCMP, who concluded the bid was compromised by high level leaks that took place after Virk and Basi were either fired or suspended. In other words, leaks that could not have been made by either.
The other cache that has been rumoured is a week by week series of notarized memos to file, documenting who told who to do what on the file. These memos are also rumoured to be very revealing about many politicians.
These documents may or may not be mythical. But Tsakumis is dropping heavy hints that, like many myths, there’s at least some truth behind them. Stay tuned.