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The can of worms: BC Rail, Basi/Virk, anonymity, inducements to plead

I’m not surprised with the BC Supreme Court ruling on the Auditor General’s application for documents in the Basi Virk indemnity case. My understanding is that some of the billings – the ones protected by privilege – might reveal the … Continue reading

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BC Rail: From the frying pan into the fire

Today in an unusual Monday column the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist Vaughn Palmer explains the indemnity deal that prematurely concluded the BC Rail trial. The column is based on an email Palmer received over the weekend from a clearly … Continue reading

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Your open government in operation

“Let’s make like the HST and move the BC Rail disclosure back, after the election… if ever.” I may be putting words in the government’s mouth but that’s just about the only takeaway I can figure out from the notice … Continue reading

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Inside the BC Liberal Caucus with Alex Tsakumis

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 … Continue reading

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BC Rail FOI request

No harm in trying! To: Vicki.Hudson@gov.bc.ca, Cindy.Elbahir@gov.bc.ca Subject: Records relating to the Basi Virk trial Dear Ms. Hudson and Ms. Elbahir, I write to seek a copy of all material provided by or disclosed by the government of BC to … Continue reading

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BC Rail Corruption Trial: Re-organizing the deck chairs

Here are my notes from this morning’s BC Rail Corruption trial session in Courtroom 54 of the BC Supreme Court: Crown not ready, re-organizing trial strategy Eliminating witnesses, reducing trial length Will take till Monday next to get ready. Outside … Continue reading

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What I learned at the BC Rail corruption trial

Not much except… “I don’t recall” is a BC Liberal talking point. ‘The less you do, the higher the pay’ = BC Liberal exec compensation policy. The CEO of a defunct railway needs something to fill his time – hello, … Continue reading

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Fishing with Martyn Brown

I caught a couple of hours of the BC Rail Trial yesterday before my nod-off chemo drug kicked in.  It’s a fascinating look into the inside dealings of the Campbell government and Wednesday was true to form.  Here’s a bit … Continue reading

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HST+ Basi Virk = Another Bad Day For Libs

For weeks I’ve puzzled over how to achieve the holy grail of bc left-of-centre blogging – how to get the HST debacle and the Basi Virk trial into the same story, even headline. Today is my lucky day. The Holy … Continue reading

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Everbody’s Got Something To Hide

“I don’t remember” sounds a whole lot better than “I’ve got something to hide.”  And that’s what I think Martyn Brown’s testimony at the BC Rail Trial adds up to. In fact what Martyn Brown’s testimony does reveal is his … Continue reading

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