Tag Archives: BC Rail

BC Rail odds and ends

I know I used this picture just the other day.  But check out the words behind the salesman… “BC Rail Partnership Investment”.  Partnership Investment?  How did the sale of BC Rail to CN turn into a “partnership investment”? The answer … 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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The Premier’s TV Address: It ain’t no fresh start.

Vaughn Palmer notes today that Monday’s cabinet shuffle and tonight’s paid-for-by-you TV speech (in the middle of the World Series) aren’t new.  In fact the Premier’s been huddled with his staff working this out for eight months. Eight months to … Continue reading

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Bloggers vs. Reporters?

It’s not bloggers vs. newspaper reporters.  It’s good journalism vs. bad. Last Friday Bill Good attacked BC Rail bloggers on his regular round-up of political news “Cutting Edge of the Ledge.” Here’s what Good had to say about the difference … Continue reading

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BC Rail Deal: Getting it right

“When the crown prosecutor Bill Berardino began talks early last week with lawyers representing Dave Basi and Bob Virk…. there was something else that was just as critical to the defendants:  the government agreeing to pay the more than $6 … Continue reading

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A public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail?

Reader Rick Barnes pointed this out – a poll on the BC Rail trial asks if you support a full public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail.  Let them know what you think. http://bcrailpoll.wordpress.com/

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BC Libs pay millions to quash BC Rail trial

What changed? That’s the real question today with the surprise deal to halt the BC Rail corruption trial.  And the answer is that the BC Liberals offered to pay defense costs estimated to be in the millions, contrary to government … Continue reading

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Corruption in BC? Say it ain’t so

Missed this.  About ten days ago Angus Reid published a poll on corruption in Canada, commissioned by MacLeans. All the news covered the findings about Quebec.  68% of Quebecers are concerned about corruption in their province, said the poll and … 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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Optically unfortunate: BC Rail, CN and Patrick Kinsella

Thursday’s handover from Virk’s lawyer, Kevin McCullough, to David Basi’s lawyer, Michael Bolton, was seamless as one dropped and the other picked up the CN thread. Not surprisingly the name of BC Liberal campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella came up. “Mr. … Continue reading

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