Vaughn Palmer writes about Attorney General Shirley Bond’s letter to Stephen Toope:
“Should the government require recovery of legal fees and disbursements paid for the defence of an indemnified employee who is then convicted or pleads guilty?” asked Bond. “If so, should the policy require government to seek recovery in all cases, without discretion?”
The questions were central to the whole controversy…
Huh? Central to the WHOLE controversy?
Not even close. In the BC Rail affair, $6-million dollars as an enticement for Basi and Virk to end the trial was only one of many weeping wounds on the body public. The real issue is that government conducted a fixed “sale” of a profitable public enterprise, one they promised, during an election campaign, would not be sold. To achieve this, Liberal sociopaths engaged in subterfuge and fraud and they allowed insiders like Patrick Kinsella to profit as drive-by looters and BC Rail executives to collect millions in hush money.
It amazes me that Palmer repeats fatuous bleats of a discredited government as if they are sincere and credible statements. For example:
The government maintains that the Basi-Virk waiver was granted by then-deputy finance minister Graham Whitmarsh acting on advice from deputy attorney-general David Loukidelis. They acted in the belief that there was little chance of recovering more than a small portion of the $6 million in outlays.
But, leaving aside the truth about who authorized what, the government already held security on substantial real estate and other investments of Basi and Virk and this same government last year was suing hundreds of welfare recipients for overpayments, despite little chance of recovering more than small portions of the sums claimed.
Palmer’s column shows his willingness to pull punches when he writes about this government. Everyone in Victoria knows that a deal was done to stop the trial before former Liberal Finance Minister Gary Collins got disassembled on the witness stand by defence lawyers who are among the best at the trade in western Canada. Liberals worried the barristers knew too much and would bring the government down.
Mr. Palmer, the questions central to the whole controversy are ones about the entire truth behind the disposition of BC Rail and its land bank. That involves much, much more than $6-milllion.