Kash Heed lies to the RCMP about cheques he signs transferring public funds to his campaign manager to cover unreported election expenses, stalls Elections BC for two years and gets off with the lightest penalty possible.
Pat Pimm spends the night in jail over a domestic dispute – action that isn’t normally taken by police without a significant reason – and the Special Prosecutor lets him off without any explanation.
Here’s my guess about what happens to these two now.
Pimm comes back for a month or two, the BC Libs nominate a new candidate and the story’s over, no questions asked. Heed similarly sits out the last few weeks of his disastrous political career, the Libs parachute another candidate in and everything continues on as if these two random events never happened, with the police reports gathering dust on the shelf in some basement case room.
That’s what governments like the BC Liberals do. What’s really wrong with this is that it’s also what BC’s media do.
For some reason not a single reporter went back and looked at the police information on Heed to figure out if there are unanswered questions. There are. According to the sworn information, Heed lied to investigators about cheques he signed handing over public money for campaign activities. He was actively involved in fundraising and spending decisions. His campaign staff lied about their roles and their interactions with him on spending decisions.
And not a single reporter has followed up on the Pimm story. If it weren’t for the night in jail, British Columbians wouldn’t know that Pimm was arrested in a case of domestic abuse. What really happened up there in Peace Country? What incident provoked the police to arrest Pimm and put him in jail? Was this the first incident? What happened after release? Were any of the normal precautions taken with regard to access to his wife?
There are dozens of unanswered questions in this case that were never asked and now never will be asked by a reporter.
What Richard Nixon wouldn’t have given for BC’s media instead of Ben Bradley and the Washington Post.