There’s so much to write about in the Kash Heed story its hard to know where to start. There’s the cop gone bad story, there’s the typical Liberal story, there’s the “so there’s nothing wrong with the Special Prosecutor policy” story…
Kash Heed; the gift that keeps on giving.
I think I’ll start with a more esoteric story about Global TV news reporter Catherine Urquhart because it’s a rarely opened window into the political views of BC’s biggest news source.
Urquhart is featured in an e-mail exchange between Heed campaign manager Barinder Sall and Urquhart that forms part of the Information to Obtain accompanying the RCMP’s search warrant.
The emails – quoted in today’s Sun – speak for themselves:
“I can honestly say Kash would not be SG today if it hadn’t been for some key people behind the scenes,” writes Sall to Urquhart in the first e-mail.
“There were only truly 3 people that played a major role: Me, Peter Dhillon and yourself and Kash knows this. Peter was the money guy, I’m the brown tanned James Bond strategy girl chasing guy and you were like the communications director … your stories, coverage and timing gave Kash a lot of profile and built him a following from day 1 at West Van and then leading into the election.”
Urquhart writes back, “Hey … that’s really sweet of you …. I’m truly glad it worked out!”
Urquhart was the reporter Heed was alleged to have tipped off when he suspended a West Vancouver officer in January 2009, just before his nomination as the Liberal candidate in Vancouver Fraserview. A feature of Urquhart’s story on the suspension was a shot of Heed – taken through a window into his office – giving the officer notice of his suspension. The officer was crying in the shot. The story and shot helped build Heed’s reputation as a “clean” cop in the lead up to the election.
Just last week Heed told a hearing into the suspension that he didn’t tip Urquhart off and Urquhart corroborated Heed’s testimony.
Wouldn’t the hearing like to have seen this e-mail exchange? Wouldn’t they have liked to know that Urquhart was “like the communications director” for the Heed campaign?
BCTV, now Global News, has long been touted as the broadcast arm of the BC Liberals, slicing and dicing the news to their advantage. This story will just add to that reputation. After all it’s featured in an RCMP search warrant.
Whether or not you believe the general allegation of bias against Global who can say they trust a single thing Catherine Urquhart reports from now on?
Global has a lot to fix with this story but all News Director Ian Haysom has to say so far is “no comment”. Sounds like a politician.