Keith Fraser at The Province is reporting the Basi/Virk audit is blocked by the Liberal Government:
“Auditor-General John Doyle is heading back to court in a bid to get access to documents related to the government’s controversial $6-million legal payments in the Basi-Virk case…
“Doyle claims that access to many documents over which the Attorney-General’s Ministry claims either cabinet or solicitor-client privilege have been restricted.”
Justice Greyell’s reasons for judgement given June 30 provide clear evidence of a Liberal delay strategy. For example, the province said the Attorney-General was guided by Basi’s and Virk’s ex-lawyers asserting solicitor-client privilege, a right the lawyers did not hold after their ex-clients had waived the privilege.
The latest court action means the provincial government has withdrawn the cooperation promised last spring in Supreme Court:
 In or about April 14, 2011 the Auditor General’s office followed up with Mr. Butler to obtain the sought records. Mr. Butler informed the Auditor General’s office that former legal counsel for Messrs. Basi and Virk had asserted their client’s rights of solicitor/client privilege and confidentiality as per the agreement with the Legal Services Branch. Mr. Butler advised that he believed he was bound to honour that confidentiality and would therefore have to carefully consider any information or document the Legal Services Branch disclosed to the Auditor General.
 Mr. Butler advised that the government would provide any other information and documents, even if they were subject to its solicitor/client privilege on the understanding that by doing so it would not constitute a waiver of the privilege and that the Auditor General would keep the information and documents strictly confidential. (emphasis added – N.F.)
 …Mr. Butler further indicated that he had instructions to waive any solicitor/client privilege of the Crown surrounding the requested information and would provide the information and records in the event Messrs. Basi and Virk consented to a waiver of confidentiality and solicitor/client privilege.
 The privilege and arising confidentiality belongs to the client: that is, the privilege belongs to Messrs. Basi and Virk. It is only client who can choose to waive such privilege…
Reading through court documents clearly reveals that the provincial government has erected specious roadblocks, consciously preventing the auditor from completing his review. Since the rights of the auditor are clear and Basi and Virk are cooperating with his review, the outcome is certain. However, the Attorney General has already delayed A-G Doyle by almost a year. That is the real objective here.
Perhaps Christy Clark’s hope is that she can keep the BC Rail story under wraps, turn the polls around and go for a quick election. It is one of the reasons they are trying to provoke school teachers into radical action, hoping a school shutdown could justify an election.