In the Times Colonist today, Rob Shaw provides information that should result in every citizen, BC Liberal supporters included, demanding a formal inquiry into disposition of BC Rail. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to occur for another 17 weeks. Moving sooner would require the exercise of common sense and that is not so common when politicians are covering their backsides.
Journalist Shaw reminds us that when the BC government agreed to pay $6 million for the benefit of Dave Basi and Bob Virk, they said,
“it was unlikely to recover the money from either Basi or Virk based on their limited financial assets. Mike de Jong, B.C. attorney general at the time, said only a “minuscule” amount of money could have been recovered from the men.
Shortly after, Bob Virk was involved in a near million dollar property transaction. As Shaw writes,
“Virk’s involvement in land acquisition one year after taxpayers paid his legal bills “raises an awful lot of questions,” said NDP justice critic Leonard Krog.”
Any person trained in investigations, whether financial auditor or detective, knows that you must first consider motive and opportunity. Why did the BC government agree to pay $6 million and arrange for slap-on-wrist sentences for Basi and Virk, days before senior Liberals were due to testify? Gee whiz. I wonder.
NDP justice critic Krog has been accused of being too soft when it comes to BC Rail. Maybe, as a lawyer, he has merely been patient, waiting for the process to complete. As lawyers know, in the long run, the guilty do pay.
It won’t happen in the next 2 months. Christy Clark, protecting people close to her, is hoping for a Hail-Mary event that will keep her from a Kim Campbell experience.
As Leonard Krog said in December,
“If a B.C. Rail inquiry had been called from the beginning, we would have long ago gotten to the bottom of this. Instead the Liberals continue to drag their feet and the people of British Columbia still don’t have the full story behind the sale of B.C. Rail….”