Talking about the HST referendum, BC Liberal highbinder Kevin Falcon assures us that:
“. . . he has confidence in Elections BC to oversee the vote.
“This is getting increasingly ridiculous,” said Falcon. “There’s not a chance in the world that we’re going to interfere with their [Elections BC] independence or start telling them how they should run and oversee a referendum.”
Remember though, there was not a chance in the world that Liberals would interfere with the judicial process in the fraudulent sale of BC Rail. Except, they did. Blogger Ian Reid revealed part of the real story in his excellent indictment of Liberal politicians and BC media.
“. . . affidavits showed that Gordon Campbell’s deputy minister Ken Dobell had violated the terms of the court ordered protocol for vetting potentially privileged documents relevant to the investigation. The violation was not an innocent mistake as Dobell helped draft the vetting protocol document under the auspices of Chief Justice Dohm.
“. . . Dobell was not one of the five people entitled to see documents and Dobell had not signed any confidentiality agreement at the time he saw the documents in question. Under the terms of this legally binding protocol Dobell was not allowed to see these documents in the context of the case.
“Along with the documents Dobell was given a list of the questions the RCMP intended to ask Cabinet Ministers Collins and Reid and other government employees as well as a short note briefing him on timing and other issues.
“In other words the senior member of Gordon Campbell’s staff was provided with documents the RCMP thought relevant to the investigation along with the RCMP’s questions about those documents and how they related to the sale.”
Political interference was the order of the day:
- in the BC Rail affair, from the 2004 leak to bidders that reported blow by blow Cabinet discussions about the sale, to the 2010 muting of justice by the Basi/Virk settlement involving a $6 million payment to the defendants, trivial punishments and secrecy agreements all round.
- as BC Hydro ran up $55 billion (yes, billion) in obligations to private power producers.
- as the foreign fish farmers gained protected status that overruled independent scientists managing the fisheries resources.
- as plans were made for oil and gas pipelines from Alberta to the coast of BC so that an oilport in Kitimat could service supertankers bound for China.
- as bridges and highways were constructed and designed in the lower mainland while Liberal friendly developers gained millions from land speculation aided by insider knowledge.