Tag Archives: Brian Kenning

Why the BC Rail deal sucks. And why you should care

It all started with a question from Michael Bolton – representing David Basi – to Martyn Brown late last June. Bolton began asking Brown about the relationship between lead RCMP investigator Kevin DeBruyckere and BC Liberal Party Executive Director Kelly … 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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BC Rail: How badly were we hosed?

And when did the hosing start? Tax pools.  Indemnification. Valuation. The BC Rail Corruption trial sounds like a corporate taxation seminar hosted by a team of accountants and tax lawyers this week.  And that only appeals to a narrow slice … 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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Yvette Wells: “Can we back up the debt spiral with evidence?

Was the BC Rail debt issue just spin? As RossK points out over at the Gazetteer, Will MacMartin has effectively eviscerated the argument that claims BC Rail was burdened by an impossible debt. But the BC Rail documents released by … Continue reading

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Evil Twins: What BC Rail and the HST Have In Common

A version of this story appears in the Vancouver Observer Around about 1930, Dorothy Parker started answering her telephone with the question, “what fresh hell is this?”  Little did she know that she was channeling BC Liberal operatives yelling into … Continue reading

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