Editors of North Shore News, a free community paper owned by Postmedia Network Inc., finally paid close attention to the Basi/Virk BC Rail scandal December 26. This is an editorial that opens:
“Alex Tsakumis, freelance commentator and former Socred operative, . . . managed to get his hands on some big greasy chunks of political coal. Call them the Basi leaks . . .
“. . . Tsakumis’ revelations do settle one question once and for all: the people of B.C. were denied their day in court and this sordid story needs to be told. We need a public inquiry.”
Is this one more tributary forming an indisputable stream of demand for a formal inquiry or small scale conscience soothing by a media corporation that routinely spiked reports associating fraud and the government’s sale of BC Rail. Perhaps Postmedia wants to be able to say:
“This is proof that our newspapers did not treat BC Rail with one centrally imposed viewpoint.”