Ian Reid, writing in Why the BC Rail deal sucks. And why you should care:
. . . The defence won the closed door argument about admissibility. The Special Prosecutor lost.
That meant the way was clear for the defence to question Gary Collins, even Gordon Campbell amongst others, about these issues. The way was clear to ask about Reichart and deBruyckere and about the RCMP steering the investigation away from Gary Collins. More importantly, the way was clear to introduce evidence supporting the claim.
We know that there are wiretaps of Collins. We know he was a subject of the investigation in 2003. Then he wasn’t. We know that he was to be questioned over Christmas of 2003 then he wasn’t. We don’t know why.
Jonathan Fowlie, writing in the Vancouver Sun:
“[Deputy Attorney General David] Loukidelis said that by Oct. 8, he and deputy minister of finance, Graham Whitmarsh “decided to release Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk from their liability to repay [$6 million in legal fees].”
Now the things that make me go hmmm!
- Before joining the BC Liberal Government, Deputy Finance Minister Graham Whitmarsh was an executive of Harmony Airlines.
- Gary Collins (in 2004, dubbed “Gordon Campbell’s most trusted and loyal lieutenant”) left the BC Liberal government to become an executive of Harmony Airlines. He departed the now defunct Harmony in December 2006 and joined the Belkorp Group.
- Belkorp and Stuart Belkin are among the more generous of contributors to BC Liberals.
- Harmony Airlines was owned by David Ho, a man Macleans calls “ultra-secretive and ultra-rich.” Mr. Ho’s companies are also generous contributors to BC Liberals.
By approving payment of $6 million, Graham Whitmarsh played a key role in ending the Basi/Virk trial just before his friend Gary Collins was due to testify.