Graeme Hamilton, National Post, writes about the stain of suspected corruption in Quebec:
“. . . the Quebec Federation of Labour joins, among others, the three opposition parties in the National Assembly, Quebec’s municipalities and associations representing provincial police officers and Crown prosecutors in seeking an inquiry.
That leaves Jean Charest’s Liberal government as the only holdout. Again on Wednesday, it brushed off demands for an inquiry. . . “
“. . . the [Basi/Virk/BC Rail] trial ended with a “whimper,” renewing NDP calls for a public inquiry into the sale of B.C. Rail.
But there will be no public inquiry into the issues surrounding the sale of B.C. Rail, [Liberal leadership candidate and] Attorney-General Mike de Jong announced . . .
Ian Bailey of the Globe and Mail writes:
Asked about her position on holding an inquiry into the BC Rail issue, [Liberal leadership candidate Christy] Clark said the matter was closed by the government’s decision not to do so.
Ms. Clark has been linked to the case because the home office of her brother, [Liberal fundraiser] Bruce Clark, was searched when police raided the legislature in December, 2003. The same day police also visited the home office of [Liberal strategist] Mark Marissen, then married to Ms. Clark, but did not serve a warrant.
Alex G. Tsakumis begins a series about why the BC Liberal government is holding out, refusing an inquiry into the sale of BC Rail to one of their major fundraisers.
“. . . this gives you a clear opening indication that many of the reasons [Liberal leadership candidate Christy] Clark doesn’t want a BC Rail inquiry is because so many that surround her are either inextricably intertwined or are connected to this by being connected to her inner circle.
It shows you the beginning of a pattern that over the next several days will reveal itself for the political network cover-up that has taken place. . . “