Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BC Rail, the lingering stinkbomb in BC politics

Well this should prove to be interesting, considering the maneuvering that must be going on in the Liberal party right now for the leadership, it would not surprise me that camps within are busy sticking the knives into each other and a leak or a threat of a leak will have a chilling effect on potential candidates. They must be thanking their various deities that the NDP opposition is in disarray as well.

Later today, the court will fully release two search warrants that, until today have been redacted.

Both are search warrants related to apparent benefits received by David Basi and Bob Virk from former Pilothouse PR partners Brian Kieran and (star Crown witness) Erik Bornmann.

The warrants will raise questions about what former Finance Minister Gary Collins knew about the trip to Denver and what role Kieran is alleged to have played. Unfortunately, Mr. Kieran will not face the tough questions from his friends in the media (he is a former columnist) about his role and why special prosecutor Bill Berardino did not lay any charges against him.

Though we’ll raise some here.

But the more interesting warrants which should be released are the ones wherein Christy Clark’s brother Bruce’s bank account records were sought. This was after Erik Bornmann, friend to Christy Clark, then husband Mark Marissen, her brother Bruce Clark and many of her immediate circle of political influence, suggested to the RCMP that Bruce Clark bribed David Basi.

This is a most serious allegation that was NEVER examined or explained.

So, to Christy Clark who told Bill Good this morning that accusations of her involvement in the ‘BC Rail Affair’ “are completely and totally false” and that the whole matter, for her, is “case closed “: That can’t possibly be good enough for an honest public.

She also said that she wants to bring a “more inclusive, better culture” to Victoria. And she wants people to be “more engaged in government.”

Well then, please respond as to why the public should not want you to answer how it is that your brother is accused of bribing a staffer, who was part of a government that you were Deputy Premier of.

Please explain Christy, how it is that during that same period of time, you appear throughout the diary of the man (Erik Bornmann) who claims that one of your then political allies (David Basi) was bribed by your brother.

The fact remains that when Christy Clark tells you that she wants the BC Rail Affair to go away, she’s telling you the truth. Because the questions she’d have to answer are not ones she would ever want to respond to.

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