For British Columbia Liberals, the BC Rail/Basi/Virk story is like a slow growing cancer. Left unresolved, it is metastasizing, nudging the afflicted party toward an inevitable conclusion.
I’ve tried to understand why Liberals, or at least ethical members within the party, have not demanded an end to this distress through a public inquiry that would label the villains and clear the innocents. Why put up instead with stalling and evasion of responsibility that tars all? I put that question to a person with a direct connection to the Liberal caucus. The response:
“More than anything, they hope to survive and they realize, if the full truth emerges, the Liberal Party is history and their political careers ended.”
Obviously, this story will not go away. The circumstantial evidence of political and economic fraud at the heart of the Liberal government is extensive, so pervasive that no reasonable person can deny it.
Liberals missed the opportunity for confession and absolution after caucus pushed Gordon Campbell out the door. MLA’s knew that Christy Clark’s assumption of leadership ended opportunities to clean the slate. Her own involvement in the railway scandal meant that cover-up would continue. With exception of the obtuse Harry Bloy, caucus rejected Clark’s candidacy in the leadership race. Liberal MLA’s understood her culpability in the scandal that continues to undermine the party. They tried to establish new directions but the party leadership wanted more of the same.