Palmer: Taxpayers overpaid by millions to prevent more Liberal dirty laundry from being aired in court, Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2012
“After months of delay, the B.C. Liberals finally released Tuesday a trio of evaluation reports that predated their $30-million payout for the cancelled Boss Power uranium mining claim.
“The pictured painted by the 800 or so pages of documentation was not a pretty one for taxpayers, giving the appearance that the government had overpaid by as much as $21 million to keep the proceedings out of court…
“How did the B.C. Liberals manage to “wrestle the company to the ceiling” on compensation, as Opposition energy critic John Horgan put it during question period Tuesday?
“No plausible explanation was forthcoming from Energy Minister Rich Coleman. He told the house the Liberals had acted on internal legal advice, then segued into a beside-the-point exhumation of various NDP sins from the 1990s.
“But the settlement, executed on the proverbial steps of the courthouse, ensured that there would be no witnesses called in connection with the extraordinary contents of a government affidavit that came to light only after the fact…”
“Settled… ensuring that there would be no witnesses called.” Sound familiar? Remember former Liberal minister Gary Collins being saved from appearing in Supreme Court over the BC Rail affair. That settlement however cost only $6 million.
I alter only slightly Andrew Nikiforuk’s words from The Tyee
“British Columbia’s Liberals cover up mistakes, folly and stupidity by writing cheques.”