Another example of dishonest stenographic journalism, this time from Justine Hunter at the Globe and Mail:
Mr. [Liberal Attorney General Barry] Penner said he shares the concern of taxpayers about the defence costs in the BC Rail case, but he said it’s unrealistic to expect the government can reverse that decision now.
The legal fees were paid out over the span of years for two defendants, David Basi and Bob Virk. When the pair were convicted, senior civil servants concluded there was no point trying to recoup the money because the former political aides could not pay the bills. “By the time the accused changed their story, the money had already left the treasury,” Mr. Penner noted.
Excuse me Mr. Penner, that is untrue. Demonstrably untrue. Known to be untrue.
The Globe and Mail and Justine Hunter fail as honest journalists because they report that statement without challenge, despite knowing it is false. Why false? Because the BC Government held a mortgage (see copy) on real estate and could have recovered a substantial amount of money by acting on this security. They take similar action countless times each year for debtors in default of obligations to government. In 2010, hundreds of welfare recipients, paid excessive benefits through government error, were targeted by BC Liberals for collection actions and lawsuits. They were not criminals.
Liberals chose not to collect; instead they forgave it and released the collateral security, gifting a substantial benefit to David Basi. I also understand the BC government agreed to protect Basi and co-defendants against income taxes on these employer paid legal fees. The tax liability could exceed $2 million additional.
Why did the BC Liberal government take that action and why does the Globe and Mail facilitate falsehood? The answer involves a politically motivated coverup that protects others who did not face charges.