A very interesting bit on Alex Tsukamis’ website today. It’s another ‘memo to file’ from Basi, witnessed and dated to November 17, 2003. And it covers a conversation between Liberal Party executive director Kelly Reichart and David Basi regarding the role of Patrick Kinsella in the BC Rail deal.
The allegations made in the memo have pretty well been revealed. The memo purports that Kinsella was working directly with Campbell, Martyn Brown and David MacLean at CN on the BC Rail sale. That tight group also happened to be the chief fundraiser, chief strategist, campaign manager and Leader of the BC Liberal Party in both 1996 and 2001.
If true we’re talking Quebec style public adminstration.
What I find interesting is the date: November 17th, 2003. That means this conversation – if it took place – was caught on wiretap and is part of the investigative record examined by the RCMP team headed by Reichart’s brother-in-law, Kevin deBruyckere.
A host of questions are raised if this is true. For example: isn’t it legally troubling that a key party official is privy to the tax structure of a government deal still in negotiation? Basi’s report of the conversation says Kinsella leaked that information to Reichart. To what end? Isn’t that legally questionable? Why wasn’t that investigated if the RCMP has this wiretap? What role did deBruyckere play in directing the investigation at this point? If this conversation exists, isn’t he in conflict as the lead officer? Etc…
What I really want to know is this: does this wiretap exist? Because if it does that suggest that the investigation was tailored and directed away from key Liberal Party and government officials including the brother-in-law of the lead officer.
If the RCMP seeks the return of this evidence in court as rumoured, that will give us a big clue that this wiretap or something like it does exist.