Legal Saga, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, December 3, 2012
“A legal battle by the Auditor-General to get billing records in a political-corruption case has taken a surprise turn with an admission by the British Columbia government that it has documents it long denied having…
“Last year Mr. Butler [a legal services branch lawyer] filed an affidavit with court in which he stated ‘the Government never received copies of any statement of account or supporting information,’ from the lawyers reviewing the bills from Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk.
“Mr. Butler acknowledged that he also told Mr. Virk and Mr. Virk’s lawyer that he never saw any of their detailed billing records.
“But in a new affidavit filed Monday he said that information was simply wrong...”
For decades, I have admired British Columbia journalists named HUME. Mark Hume is one of those people and he’s done admirable work throughout his career. However, he works for the Globe and Mail and that constrains his work. Knowing the limits, we can be certain that his published assertions and implications don’t tell the whole story.
I’m not constrained. Unlike Mr. Hume, when I see bullshit, I can call it bullshit. The term may not be polite but it fits.
No person, beyond an ardent Liberal partisan, believes that the sale of BC Rail was anything less than corrupt. Everything that has gone on since proof was offered is bullshit. We get it from ass-covering government lawyers, from a superior court with unclean hands, from politicians prepared to lie without second thoughts, from radio broadcasters (yes, you Messrs. Good, Palmer and Baldrey) who told us this was old news, fit to be ignored.
Don’t expect the Auditor General’s efforts in Supreme Court to succeed. The court, specifically Justices Dohm and MacKenzie, put politics ahead of the law. That fact cannot be acknowledged by the remaining judges without diminishing respect for the court itself.
The Auditor General and others seeking to report truth about the sale of BC Rail face interminable barriers. That fact alone demonstrates the fraud underlying BC Rail. If it was honourable, why have they resisted full disclosure?