Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Little Moral Moments in the Corrupt Swamp of B.C. Politics? Don’t Believe It.

 The June 26 photo is of B.C. premier Christy Clark looking, as usual, surprised and obstructionist.  The Vancouver Metro newspaper story by Daniel Palmer is about Clark and the B.C. Rail Scandal: “Questions remain for premier in BC Rail scandal”.  Clark has much to be obstructionist about. Obstructionism marks all the members of her cabinet. Shirley Bond smiles and smiles and obstructs Auditor General John Doyle who is seeking reasonable information about the $6 million court costs paid for men who admitted being guilty of crimes.

Rich Coleman, the always spinning and spinning Energy and Mines minister, never looks anything else than obstructionist. The Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark cabinet members have, sadly, almost every reason to look obstructionist - and to be obstructionist.

To survive, they have to obstruct almost every question asked about the BC Rail Scandal, the Magnificent Fraud of the BC Ferries, the Barbarous Demolition of BC Hydro, the desecration and sell-out of B.C. river energy, and the devilishly arcane and improper contracting of major infrastructure ventures in B.C.  – to name only a few major matters.

No wonder Christy Clark wants to limit the conversation to families!

The half-told Vancouver Metro newspaper story stirs all the usual insanities, improbabilities, contradictions, and denials that hang on anything of importance to do with the Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark Liberals.

In brief, a Conservative blogger has revealed (allegedly) a key document written by Dave Basi in 2003.  Basi is one of the two men who accepted guilt (2010) in the BC Rail Scandal case held in B.C. Supreme Court.  Their admission of guilt cut off cross-examination of some of the most powerful people in B.C. who might have told the court and the public enough to force a re-direction of charges more widely … and upwards.

Dave Basi is believed by some to have been paid off by the $6 million the Campbell/Christy Clark governments spent to absorb his court costs and those of Bobby Virk.

The third accused, Aneal Basi, faced charges of money laundering for something like six years – charges trumpetted over and over by the Mainstream Media.  Then – almost on the last day of trial – Aneal Basi had all charges against him dropped.  His costs were paid, I believe, by Legal Aid – and the public has never been told what those costs were.  Mainstream Media have never asked, apparently.  Mainstream Media never asks questions that might embarrass … power.

Since all charges against him were wiped, the public may assume Aneal Basi was massively slandered and libeled for years and years.  The public might expect to hear about a gigantic libel case against all accusers and prosecutors, a libel case for millions of dollars. But all the public hears is …  silence.

The fresh, new, startling revelation alleged is that Christy Clark (then deputy premier) was at the time of the bidding for BC Rail (2003-2004) breaking cabinet confidentiality and leaking all kinds of information to one set of bidders. 

Except … as early as 2003 Search Warrants related to the events included Christy Clark and her doings. Allegations are that (then) Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm of the B.C. Supreme Court (in effect) protected Christy Clark.  Her brother, however, was found with confidential cabinet documents. He was never charged. Of course.

Then – in an astounding piece of Napoleonism – Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm sealed the normally public Search Warrants for months … in fact forever.  Because when he finally did release them, eighty per cent of the key information in them was blacked out.  Associate Chief Justice Dohm gave the first indication that some members of the B.C. Supreme Court were willing to act outrageously, for unexplained reasons, in relation to the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to the CNR.

His behaviour was paralleled by that of the Chief Justice, the Associate Chief Justice, and the judge on the Basi, Virk, and Basi case.  When those eminent jurists were informed that the Special Prosecutor on the case had been appointed illegitimately by violation of the legislation governing his appointment, thereby making the whole action he engaged in illegitimate, the eminent judges refused to act – but would not deny the truth of the information. Their significant behaviour seemed to point to the fact that they would distort the administration of justice in any way necessary to protect Gordon Campbell and his associates from justice.

The Special Prosecutor, William Berardino, was paid $10.7 millions for his work on the BC Rail Scandal. The Mainstream Press and Media (including TYEE) wouldn’t touch that part of the Scandal.

From almost the outset of pre-trial hearings in the Basi, Virk, and Basi case Defence counsel suggested investigation might well show Christy Clark involved in leaks attributed only to the accused.  The RCMP – to this day – has refused all requests to conduct criminal investigation of the Gordon Campbell group that worked the corrupt transfer of BC Rail to the CNR.  The refusal by the RCMP to investigate, I allege, may explain the new twenty-year contract it recently received to “police” the province.

The RCMP has failed completely in the BC Rail Scandal case. One of its major investigators was revealed to be brother-in-law of a top Liberal Party officer who was in frequent contact with Gordon Campbell during critical years.  RCMP should have openly and publicly investigated all allegations connected to the relationship and all hints of impropriety. 

The RCMP did nothing.  It was apparently too busy protecting RCMP officers accused of violence (and even murder) to undertake investigation of alleged major corporate and government crime.

Back to the Vancouver Metro newspaper story. 

The Conservative blogger who leaked the Basi document is famous for disliking Christy Clark.  He may be seen by some as adding fuel to the flame-thrower used by Conservative MLA John van Dongen to burn out the truth about the $6 million paid (against all honest practice) for the legal costs of government employees found guilty of crime.

As the president of UBC Stephen J. Toope (formerly Dean of  Law at McGill University) wrote to Attorney General Shirley Bond (at her request), NO GOVERNMENT should pay the costs of criminally guilty employees.  Governments, Toope pointed out, don’t hire employees to do criminal things.

Careful observers in British Columbia might disagree with Stephen J. Toope. Whatever, Christy Clark and Shirley Bond are doing everything they can to prevent the Auditor General and British Columbians from knowing HOW the Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark governments paid the $6 million and covered their tracks. In addition, what did they pay, through Legal Aid, for the defence of Aneal Basi against whom all charges were dropped?  Shouldn’t the public know that as well? 

Astute observers might say there can be no accident in the fact that both the blogger revealing the document and John van Dongen are Conservatives.  Mr. van Dongen has taken up the leaked document with energy. He has already gained intervener status to support the attempt of the Auditor General to force (through Supreme Court order) release of evidence relating to the $6 million pay-out.  Shirley Bond and Christy Clark are doing all they can to stop the Auditor General.

Mr. van Dongen was for a long time a Liberal Party member and MLA and cabinet member from the Fraser Valley Bible Belt. He only recently, apparently, became a convert to Stephen Harper evangelical Conservatism.  As a Liberal he seems to have lived in sin quite comfortably.  One can understand how he might – at the saintly feet of Stephen Harper – suffer a dramatic rebirth into keen morality.  From 2001 until 2009 he was a cabinet minister in the Gordon Campbell Liberal government. 

Showing conventional cabinet solidarity, he was present for the sham privatization of BC Ferries.  He was present for every step of the fraud and larceny involving BC Rail.  He had to witness the disembowelling of BC Hydro which some believe involved criminal breach of trust … at least. Through all those things John van Dongen didn’t sigh a whisper of complaint. Indeed, he was Solicitor General in 2008-2009 when the RCMP was under constant fire in the BC Rail Scandal hearings in the B.C. Supreme Court.  The Honourable John van Dongen did … nothing on that matter. We have come to know that the saintly morality of people like Stephen Harper is often directly connected to desire for power, position, personal advantage, as well as to ideological tunnel-vision, mendacity, and a desire for revenge. 

Neo-liberals in B.C. (the Liberal and Conservative parties) are terrified of the 2013 election year.  Will the NDP win as a result of a Liberal/Conservative split vote?  Can the Conservatives destroy the Christy Clark Liberals before 2013? And then can they run alone against the NDP with heavy Stephen Harper support?  A long shot … but ….

If Christy Clark can be entirely besmirched, maybe the Liberals can be destroyed as a B.C. provincial party. 

The sudden, saintly concerns of Mr. van Dongen must move the hearts of all British Columbians.  “It’s an issue of ethics”, he is quoted as saying.   Apparently unable to see almost any very major issue of ethics for fifteen years, Mr. van Dongen has suddenly seen the Light!!

The Mainstream Press and Media (owned and run by neo-liberals) may also be seeing the light: keeping the NDP from power may take special effort.  Like helping to destroy Christy Clark.

Mainstream Press and Media never questioned the case-destroying, illegitimate appointment of the Special Prosecutor in the BC Rail Scandal. It never questioned judicial disasters that happened during the years of pre-trial and trial. It never asked about the dangerous role of the RCMP in the BC Rail Scandal. It never asked for criminal investigation of major actors in the drama. It never did anything but tacitly (to this observer) support lawlessness and fraud at the top. Now for the purest of reasons the Mainstream Press and Media (like John van Dongen)  may suddenly have discovered morality and ethics – and may have begun to see the Light.

Don’t believe it.

Robin Mathews


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Anonymous said...

Right Grant.

Van Dongen is a day late and a dollar short, on Campbell's theft and sale of the BCR.

Van Dongen is a dollar short and a day late, on Campbell's dirty tactics, dirty politics, during the BC fight HST scam.

Van Dongen backed Campbell right to the hilt, on every evil thing Campbell did to the BC citizens and, the destruction of our province.

Kim said...

"don't believe it".

Not for a second.

Brava, Robin Mathews, it's great to hear you roar!

e.a.f. said...

Basi/Verk agreed to pled "guilty" because they could get on with their lives. IF they had not, the trial would have gone on for some time & they would have been out a lot of money. I certainly do not blame them for the deal they took. They had family & themselves to think of. Their lieberal employers threw them under the bus.

I don't consider Basi/Verk criminals. I consider the lieberals & the other companies the real criminals. They all made money & got away with it. The lieberals and/or their representatives made Basi/Verk an offer because the trial was not going as planned. The next up would have been grilled by their lawyers & the lieberals could not have that happen.

I am quite sure that if the NDP have an inquiry into the mess Basi/Verk will testify, as long as they get some guarantees their deals won't be impacted. of course Krug might want to save his vitroli spewing for the lieberals & not Verk/Basi.

Grant G said...

Sorry E.A.F....You are sadly mistaken, Dave Basi and Bobby Virk were taking bribes for years, ..

They were taking bribes as far back as 2001, far before BC Rail sale was even mentioned..FACT..

Even AGT would agree to that..


kootcoot said...

e.a.f. as to:

"The next up would have been grilled by their lawyers & the lieberals could not have that happen."

Why would anyone worry about that, judging from what little we got to see all witnesses were required to drink a gallon or two of amnesia juice before they got on the stand. And if it seemed the amnesia juice wasn't taking hold, Annie Mack was willing to recess a week or two to let them go to the Maritimes for a birthday party and lobotomy.

I still wonder if those first two witnesses were ever able to find their way home, or maybe they wrote their address on their hand before leaving home to come to court.

It isn't that Basi and Virk weren't criminals, but that they were just two bit crooks who took a six million dollar dive to protect the real criminals. If they had any stones they would have simply come to court and told the truth, which apparently they have now been paid off to not do, as a confidentiality agreement was/is part of the terms.

Compared to Capo Campbell, Patty Can-I-Sellya and Christy though they are choir boys!

Anonymous said...

A huge thanks to Robin Mathews and Grant for guest-posting this. It is true journalism and truth at it's very best and easy for anyone to understand.

Tacky is what I would call a 'rat in the camp' of good BC bloggers. He is first, last and always an extreeeeme righty. He would vote for anyone or anything that is corporate righty (think Suzanne Anton, etc). He loves Robogate Stephie, Carole TDBANK Taylor and Dianne Watts the worst mayor Surrey has ever had who is doing to Surrey exactly what the Harper/Campbell/Cluck BC liberals did and are doing to OUR BC. He was eight years late getting it on about BC Rail and covers few of all the crimes the Harper/Campbell/Cluck libs did to this province in twelve of the most corrupt years ever in the history of BC. He is the only 'blogger' of the other many excellent bloggers in BC. who the absolutely corrupt mainstream media has allowed to be 'heard'. This last one in the metro is a classic example of the msm and Tacky working together and all he does really is promote another BCL, always BCL..John van Dongen, who was present at everything the Harper/Campbell/Clark BC libs did from 2001-2011. The way he swears and attacks anyone who doesn't agree with him on his nasty blog makes it hard for me to believe his numbers as a self-proclaimed 'King of Bloggers'!
His June 27 'blog' he uses now that he has the spotlight (thanks to the mainstream media), to BASH the NDP and DIX!!!!

His metro pals "misspelled" his name Tsakumis in the metro rag as Alex Tsumakis.

Grant G said...

Thanks for that, he also scabs stories, including 2 stories I broke.

And he even claimed them as exclusive.

Numbers, forget numbers look at the names, names found nowhere else..


Anonymous said...

Sorry Grant I was so worried about trying to read that prove you're not a robot thing and times if I get it wrong, everything I typed disappeared, I forgot to sign my name, so comment 4:11 PM should read lastly


Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha as if you didn't know!

Anonymous said...

Probably Pabbers or whatever they're re-named now, same old garbage paid for by us as are the HCC Liars, more corporate welfare.