Pal explained that I had wasted time reading platforms and promises. He said the only method of judging real intentions is to scrutinize a politician’s finances. Give me a list of contributors and full details of a candidate’s financial records. I’ll know exactly what to expect without reading platforms or listening to promises. Tell me who a politician is beholden to and I can figure out what they are going to do.
When a big financial donor to Liberals wanted to acquire publicly owned BC Rail, Liberals pretended the railway was a money loser with little value and sold it, despite an election promise not to do so. Then, they quietly distributed the railway’s extensive land assets in sweetheart deals with friendly developers. After that, government spent millions of taxpayer dollars to induce guilty pleas and end the infamous BC Rail scapegoat trial.
Important people perverted British Columbia’s judicial system so that wrongdoing in the privatization of BC Rail assets was hidden and remains in that state even today. These people included politicians, high ranking civil servants, RCMP officers and senior members of the BC Supreme Court. Their actions were facilitated by journalists employed by corporate media…
BC residents who read comments here and like places in social media will be familiar with the very articulate Lew Edwardson (@valtamtech on Twitter). Lew has had a particular interest in general matters of public integrity and in particular, the mouldering case of BC Rail. Lew has tried to interest corporate media members in examining facts he’s assembled but they’ve ignored this scandal for years and are determined to continue in states of purposeful ignorance. I invited Lew to make a contribution here. It follows
With various accusations of BC Liberal corruption being discussed in 2017, it is worth repeating how the first major scandal came to a highly unsatisfactory conclusion for taxpayers and anyone interested in honest administration of justice. This item about BC Rail was first published in 2014.
Liberals have been rotating a sharp-pointed metal pin with a raised helical thread within BC Hydro and ICBC but they began with BC Rail and BC Ferries. Lately, I’ve written mostly about BC Hydro but […]
Alex Tsakumis reported that Christy Clark and her backers orchestrated a virtual coup d’état, seizing control of the BC Liberal Party, sabotaging the leadership contest with phantom voters. Tsakumis also questioned her truthfulness about the relationship with would-be political assassin Jaspal Singh Atwal¹ and Tsakumis reported that she was “a person of interest” — thought to be leaking confidential information to friends — in the RCMP’s investigation of the BC Rail sale, until police management shut down examination of senior BC Liberals. Premier Photo-Op long ago went beyond stretching the truth and exaggerating. She grew accustomed to wilful and conscious lying and now relies on a continuous stream of falsehoods to promote herself and the government she leads. The corporate media assists by ignoring fabrications, even when they are readily apparent.
First published January 7, 2011: A reader pointed us to a recent BBC News report about a British politician convicted of financial fraud. Please compare this legal action to outrageous conduct witnessed […]
Lew said… about prisons I think there’s a conflict of interest here. The government shouldn’t be allowed to design and build with public money what might (if there is any justice) be […]
An excellent recap of the reasons behind the call for individuals to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to explain extraordinary financial transactions. Sept 15 2014 SSC PAC Corrigan to Ralston https://www.scribd.com/embeds/242109182/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true
Title of the final article on Ian Reid‘s website, The Real Story, began with the words: Guts and glory. Of course, he was not writing about himself but those words applied to Ian, along […]
This item is written by a Northern Insight reader I’ve known for years. He’s done business regularly with the BC Government but in recent years, it’s been a problematic relationship because he […]
If ever the people of BC needed the power of the press, now is that time. The Basi-Virk plea agreement made public yesterday lays bare the corruption of our courts for all […]
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 […]
I mentioned in a comment on another article that I’ve heard reports from people doing business with the province who say they are encouraged to kick-back part of what they are paid […]
While British Columbia’s government hides BC Rail documents from the Auditor General, consider this current news story. It demonstrates one more example of why full disclosure and transparency is needed for all […]
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 […]
BC Liberals spent millions to halt the Basi/Virk trial. They are spending more on court actions fighting the Auditor General’s access to documents. They’ve rejected calls for public inquiry and they offer […]
Adrian Raeside, author of 14 books, resident of Whistler, is one of British Columbia’s most perceptive cartoonists. Visit his site regularly and be entertained and informed. Here is one of his latest […]
Simi Sara made a worthwhile demand on her CKNW show today. The British Columbia government should lift the gag orders imposed on Dave Basis and Bob Virk, part of inducements paid the […]