The Yvette Wells factor

Yes, by now everyone knows that the RCMP cleared all elected officials of wrongdoing related to Railgate.

But here is something to think about. Written in 2009.

Kinda sorta really hard to believe it was just two criminals behind it all when you read that link. Kinds sorta really hard to imagine that when you see these notes.

I wonder where the lovely Ms. Wells  is these days anyways?

Say, Gordo … Is this a date?

Guest commentary by BC Mary

The Campbell Government is good at dating.
 They nailed three election campaigns just right. They’ve managed to delay the date of the Basi Virk trial for 3 years and counting. Their CanWest minions made it clear, after July’s spectacular Supreme Court Sessions, that we could sleep peacefully on a beach until September and we wouldn’t even get sun-burned because nothing bad would happen all summer. 
But things were happening all right. July saw the face-ripping sessions where the government’s own lawyer explained to Judge Bennett that all the e.mail evidence requested 2 years ago, have been “lost”.  People’s eyes snapped open like daisies. Lost? How could the premier’s correspondence on a topic which is before the courts, and which had been ordered disclosed 2 years ago, suddenly go missing?
Eyes narrowed … Because we’d already been stunned by the news headlines on May 20, 2009 — 12 days after the BC election — telling us that the BC Rail trial judge was about to be taken off the case! Promoted to the BC Court of Appeal.Oh? Put those two items together, and howls of outrage drowned out the other news. 
August 17 was jotted down on many a post-it note, taped to quite a few well-known desks. 
On August 17 in BC Supreme Court, the judge who has presided over the Basi Virk / BC Rail Case for the past 3-1/2 years, will issue her ruling. Thankfully, she makes the final decision: will she see the case through to the end? or will she depart immediately for her promotion to BC Court of Appeal?  She makes the decision … unless Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm thunders in, deciding otherwise. It could happen. 
Many of us, including retired Professor Robin Mathews who has attended most pre-trial hearings, believe it’s important that Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett stay on the BC Rail Case.
 Strangely, it’s the Crown Prosecutor (presumably, representing the people of B.C.) who wants her gone … immediately.  It’s the Defence team which wants Judge Bennett to stay with the trial. What’s with that, we ask ourselves. 
So there will be historic fireworks in BC Supreme Court on August 17 as the Defence, the Crown, the special interest lawyers for Gordo, Gordo’s Cabinet, key lobbyists, and BC Rail … but strangely enough: nobody from CN, plead their cases for and against the obvious fact that Judge Bennett has absorbed 3-1/2 years of courtroom argument (little of which is written down) that cannot  be effectively transferred to a new judge. 
Besides, we ask ourselves: what’s to be gained by bringing in a new judge to start all over again?  
Oh. You already guessed. Well, that’s our best reason for NOT bringing in a new judge. 
As August 17 comes closer, eyes narrow again … because on August 17 when we should be paying attention to BC Supreme Court, the Campbell Gang is having a big party!!
No kidding. For the Canada Line’s inaugural trot from the airport to downtown. 
Never mind that the Canada Line isn’t quite finished yet. Never mind that Gordo’s Gang may have “sold” Canada’s 3rd largest railway (our BC Rail) for $1B (we’re not sure – maybe he did, maybe he didn’t), the people now have a new railway to pay for! Instead of BC Rail’s 1,500 km of mainline track from North Vancouver to Fort Nelson, with branch lines to Mackenzie, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Fort St James and Takla … the people now have an itsy-bitsy trolley operating between Vancouver Airport and downtown and a tax debt of $2 Billion.  But hey! It’s party-time!
 
With some things on the Canada Line uncompleted, why the rush? Well, all I can say is that the government’s lawyer, George Copley , will be in BC Supreme Court that day too, trying to explain to Madam Justice Bennett what happened to those executive e.mails which have gone missing …  but hey, look away!

Never mind that an embattled judge presides while a dozen angry lawyers engage in the fight of their lives: look away!

Will evidence be allowed in court even if it incriminates the guy who wanted to get rid of BCRail and build a downtown 20-minute railway? Look away! Free rides on the Canada Line at this critical junction of B.C. history. 

I think that the biggest free ride in history may be happening right under our noses if we DON’T attend the August 17 pre-trial hearing on the BC Rail Case which is less and less about Basi, Virk, or Basi and more and more about the Executive Branch of this government … sorta like we always knew, you might say. 

 

BC Mary is the creator and author of The Legislsture Raids – the one stop reference of anything pertaining to the Railgate scandal, including links to court documents, media coverage, dates, and commentaries.

Gang violence, government corruption and the BC legislature. Sounds like an old-school mob movie? No – just business as usual in provincial politics

This is war: Gang Warfare on the streets of Vancouver, Surrey, Montreal and Ottawa

( Thanks to http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/ for this insightful piece.)

Nearly 700 police officers were involved in today’s major raids on gangs who allegedly traffic cocaine in Montreal and Ottawa. 47 people have been arrested so far on various charges, including gangsterism, weapons possession as well as drug-trafficking. It begins to look as if that’s the way to do the job. But the lesson passes unremarked by the leadership of British Columbia.

In Vancouver, where 6 people have been shot in the past 7 days, the premier says he will shift police around, ask Ottawa for better wire-tap laws, and (in his opinion) provide families with a sense of safety. The man is a fool.
Julian Sher, author of two books on Organized Crime in Canada, said in a CBC interview that it’s impossible to have any effect on organized crime without having a serious plan of infiltration. He agrees with Jerry Paradis, a BC provincial court judge for 28 years, who says that putting more police officers on the ground won’t lessen the danger to ordinary citizens, who are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire. “The police will be unaware of when the next explosion will happen. They don’t know about [the shootings] until they happen.” The only method that works is when a brave cop puts his life on the line by taking up with the gangs, running with them, learning their secrets, and never forgetting that he’s a cop there to arrest the gangsters.
So Campbell and his Attorney-General are talking nonsense about putting more cops on the street and about how this can be done by shuffling cops from one unit to another without hiring new ones.
Campbell and Oppal can’t help but know that a drug war has broken out on the streets of Surrey and Vancouver. They can’t be so stupid as to not know what’s really going on. Although that’s exactly what the premier told us when he returned from his Hawaii holiday after the police raid: “I know nothing,” he said. Prime Minister Martin stood up to say the same thing. Fools. They were briefed, as much as 3 weeks before the raid was launched. Do we think they never asked “Why?”

How can they forget that it was a drug trafficking investigation which led police to make that unprecedented raid on the B.C. Legislature? Such a thing had never before happened in Canada. It was about drugs … drugs which, in B.C., add up to to $6Billion a year for marijuana alone … and traded in the U.S. for cocaine which came back into Canada. Traded for guns, too. They knew that. Solicitor-General Rich Coleman told us about the guns himself, saying that some of them ended up in the hands of the insurgents fighting Canadian troops in Afghanistan. How could they fail to see their duty, when the opportunity presented itself to put these issues on trial?

Caught on wire-taps and available as evidence were the cell-phone conversations between Ministry of Finance aide, Dave Basi, and his cousin, Jasmohan Singh Bains who in 2003 was thought to be the new Mr Big on the West Coast. The Bains trial was held in Victoria in June 2008, the guilty verdict was given in August 2008, the 9-year sentence was pronounced in September 2008, but nothing was known of this until December 2008 … why? We’d be fools ourselves to think that the Attorney-General, and therefore the premier, had paid no attention to the Bains trial. So … was Dave Basi a witness at that trial? Probably. But we the people don’t know.

Drug charges were actually laid against Dave Basi as well as Jas Bains after the Legislature Raids. We know this from a little exchange in Supreme Court:

Ms. Winteringham [Crown Prosecutor] said the defence was simply wrong when it stated that the investigation, code named Project Everywhichway, suddenly veered off course to target Mr. Basi … In fact, she said, Mr. Basi emerged as an early person of interest in a drug investigation that was triggered when informants told the RCMP that the arrest, in May, 2002, of U.S. drug dealer Cirilo Lopez had created an opening for a new drug boss on Vancouver Island. “The word on the street was that Jas Bains was going to be the person taking over,” Ms. Winteringham said.

There were 26 calls recorded between the cousins in the summer of 2003.Then, all of a sudden and without explanation, the drug charges against Basi were stayed. Why? Does this make sense? I don’t think so. But it’s a great pity that the police didn’t seize the opportunity to learn more. Instead, over 5 years have passed with an official silence offering, in effect, a protective cover.

Retired judge Paradis put it this way, with regard to the drug wars underway on the streets of Vancouver:

“I’m satisfied in my own mind that although organized crime is involved in other things at the moment, while this particular or several gang wars may be due to other things that I’m not aware of, I have no doubt in my mind that it’s [an] attempt to either get status or maintain status in the drug market and protect turf,” he said.
In my view, the leadership in British Columbia has failed to take action when it could have and should have. The people of this province — even their children — are in danger. Therefore, the BC government is in serious default in its duty to protect the people of this province.
– BC Mary.   

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But, that’s not all.

 A new development in the trial stemming from the BC Legislature raids leads me to this piece by Bill Tieleman …….. a MUST read, if you ask me, because it would make any sane person question the BC Liberals and their style of  rule. 

Now why would the BC Liberal MLA caucus want to block a freedom of information request on their communications? WHAT could they possibly have to hide?

But, theres hope……. again, thanks to Bill Tieleman, who posted this yesterday on his site :

 ” BC Liberals internal polling shows them 9% behind New Democrats – Dave Hayer, Pat Bell, Shirley Bond headed for defeat, even Kevin Falcon in trouble

Internal BC Liberal Party polling results obtained just days ago have created a panic amongst cabinet ministers and MLAs – because the poll shows that the BC Liberals are 9% points behind the New Democratic Party, according to a very reliable source.

My source also told me today that this polling shows that both Prince George cabinet ministers, Forestry Minister Pat Bell in Prince George Northand Education Minister Shirley Bond in Prince George-Mount Robson, would lose their seats if the numbers held up.

Also headed for defeat – Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer, who allegedly trails the NDP in his riding by 18%.

Perhaps most shocking is a riding result showing Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon in a neck and neck race with the NDP in Surrey-Cloverdale.

The BC Liberal polling also indicates its MLAs in the Burnaby-North and Burnaby-Willingdon, John Nuraney and Richard Lee are in serious trouble, along with Kamloops-North Thompson cabinet minister Kevin Krueger and in the riding of Kamloops, where Claude Richmond is retiring.

My source indicates that gang shootings, Olympic costs and the troubled economy outside Metro Vancouver and Victoria are all taking their toll on BC Liberal fortunes. ”  

…… read the rest of this post at  http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2009/02/bc-liberals-internal-polling-shows-them.html

 

Welcome to 2009…and Railgate leads the way.

Ok, I’m here: if only by the grace of hot coffee and ibuprofen – lots of it. Depending on who you ask, my voice deteriorated to the point that I now sound like either a phone sex operator, or an 86 year old smoker with emphysema. Whatever works , right?

I’m not going to do one of those lame  Year in Review things that all the news programs have been running all week. We all know who died and who won and who screwed up and ended up on the front page of gossip rags from here to China. It’s all been talked about to death. However,some of the most important stories of the year received very little press at all – a travesty in my eyes.

Without a doubt, the biggest ‘non-story’ with the  local press would have to be the B.C. Rail Scandal.

 If there is one thing I could ensure that every British Columbian knows about prior to the upcoming provincial election, it would be the story that began waaaaaaaay back in 2003 with the infamous B.C. Legislature Raids.  At that time, RCMP inferred that the raids were linked to organized crime  and corruption within the highest ranks of the BC government, but it was  soon revealed that the actual reason for the raid was connected to Premier Gordon Campbell’s privatization deal concerning B.C. Rail. 

 ” Oh, what a tangled web we weave , when at first we practise to deceive…”  most accurately sums up the 5 year ongoing saga that has resulted in two  former government ministerial aides – Dave Basi and Bob Virk – being charged with fraud and breach of trust.

But will the truth behind the allegations that they handed over confidential government documents to lobbyists hired by one of the bidders ever be known?  Some believe this case will never  actually go to trial, and the likelihood that it will break open before the provincial election sits buried under masses of documents and legal wranglings still to be dealt with.

If this case ever  does get to trial, the potential witness list may contain some of B.C’s most notable Liberals, including  Bruce Clark and his sister ex-politician-cum-radio-talk-show-host  Christy Clark,  as well as her husband, Liberal wunderbar Mark Marissen, whose home office was visited by the RCMP at the time of the legislature raids. Christy was Deputy Premier during part of the BC rail privatization period,and her husband has connections to many of the key players in this investigation. Premier Gordon Campbell is, of course, the person I wish most to see on the stand and he is a probable witness in his role as the initiator of the privatization deal. Seriously, I would book vacation time to see what he has to say if the wire taps are released in court!

What does the government have to hide, and why?  An excerpt from  Bill Tielemans recent article in the Tyee says it all:

” It was Campbell’s grand plan to privatize B.C. Rail that set in motion a scandal still careening down an uncertain track that could end in a political train wreck.

No one has more at stake in the B.C legislature raid than Campbell and the accused.

Many of Campbell’s top cabinet ministers, political staff and bureaucrats are all alleged by the defence to have had varying roles in the case — and a full trial would expose secrets that must make the premier sleepless at night.

Campbell’s biggest fear — release in court of all the various wiretaps on David Basi, Bob Virk and other key players that would paint a devastating picture of not only the B.C. Rail sale but potentially of a government with less scruples than the Richard Nixon White House as revealed by Nixon’s own tapes.

The best case scenario for Campbell is that the case is dismissed without coming to trial…”

If in fact this trial does end up being dismissed, it will be the greatest victory the Campbell government  has ever seen –  and the biggest cover-up ever pulled on the citizens of British Columbia.

A travesty in the true meaning of the word. 

 With the seemingly cooperative press that so obviously fail to give ongoing and in-depth coverage to the  proceedings in any sort of regular manner, most  British Columbians have been left in the dark.

Thanks to Bill Tieleman and BC Mary, those who do know and are interested are able to head over to either of their sites and get up to date reports and commentaries on recent developments complete with interesting links.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to find out more about The B.C. Rail Scandal. It might give you something bigger to think about at the polls this spring when you have to choose who you trust to lead this province through the coming years difficulties.

Read Bill Tieleman’s article ” Railgate, A to Z : Five years after the Legislature raids, a who’s who guide to B.C ‘s biggest political scandal. “at the Tyee: http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2008/12/29/Railgate/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=291208

Read Bill Tieleman’s blog : http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/ 

( Bill Tieleman writes a column on B.C. politics every Tuesday in 24 hours, the free weekday newspaper, also online at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca. Tieleman can be heard every Monday at 10 a.m. on the Bill Good Show on CKNW AM 980)

BC Mary’s coverage : http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/

Time to rewind and hit play…” Major medias lack of coverage of Basi/Virk developments speaks volumes.”

BC Mary’s resurrection of an older- but still right on target- editorial of mine that she posted on her blog was timely to say the least. In an effort to assist in making sure the people of BC know what their government is facing – and what they are allegedly capable of – I’ve posted it here for you again, followed by a column from political columnist and strategist, Bill Tieleman.

If you don’t know, or haven’t heard about the Basi/Virk trial, you are not alone. Very little coverage has been done by our largest news organisations in what is likely to be one of the most important issues worrying our dear Premier Gordon Campbell. Not unlike a big budget thriller plot, those who have written about it have been harassed, broken into,and had their computers hacked into and targeted with viruses.

Why is that? Because someone doesn’t want the truth to be known. Somone with deep pockets and far reaching connections. Kudo’s to BC Mary and Bill Tieleman for taking the heat and continuing coverage.

Excerpt from post,March 12th, 2008“…there are no headlines detailing the ever-growing shadow over Gordon Campbell and his office,  regarding his involvement and activities  surrounding the Basi/Virk trial.

The reputation and integrity (what is left of it) of the BC premiers office is at stake yet again, and one would think that this is news that all British Columbians should be hearing about, yet little- if anything- that develops in this riveting case is ever reported in The Sun or The Province. I talked to people both locally and in the interior, and no one seems to really know anything. Although the average working Joe might have heard of the names Basi/Virk, do they know exactly who they are, how the premier is involved, and what it could mean for the Liberal party of BC?

Not a chance.

This is one of the biggest,ongoing stories in politics anywhere, and yet we are provided with no ongoing coverage by any major media outlet. No weekly feature, or updates.    Why is that?

It could lead one to surmise that the local media is able to be influenced by those who are compromised most in this story. What other explanation is there? How about a two page special chronicling the entire saga to date,  to get those who have not been privy to the events that have transpired, up to speed? Its anything but a boring read.

Dave Basi and Bob Virk, are two ex-government ministerial aides that have been charged with corruption ,stemming from the legislature raids several years ago. Disclosure has been going on forever and has been plagued by delays, obstructions and missing evidence.

Now, defence attorneys are asking for Premier Gordon Campbell to testify and answer some pertinent and loaded questions regarding allegations of political interference surrounding the release of documents required as evidence. It is alleged that the Premier arbitrarily changed a court protocol on disclosure, and now defence -and the opposition –  want answers as to why he would do such a thing without involving a government lawyer.

Read the entire story here, on political commentator Bill Tielmans blog : http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2008/03/defence-demands-premier-gordon-campbell.html

Bill Tielman has been diligently providing almost daily coverage since the beginning, and not without consequence. His office was broken into and ransacked at one point, with a cryptic message left – an obvious message from someone pissed off by his dogged determination at relaying this story to the public.

It brings to mind the role media outlets play in our political landscape. Sadly, I think the majority of the public relies on mainstream media for their political information and news . The standard should be held that our mainstream media remains unbiased and reports the news in its entirety- good or bad.  So when a story of this political importance is conspicuously ignored over and over, the motive for doing so must be questioned.

After all, the more informed the public is about political process in British Columbia, the better. 

Information is power. “

And a fantastic post from the blog of Bill Tieleman,to get you up to speed:

 

Tuesday December 2, 2008

Why the Basi-Virk case still matters

By BILL TIELEMAN
All sides in a trial want to hide at least some of the truth.

– Alan M. Dershowitz, law professor

There are two anniversaries in December relating to the longest-running political scandal in provincial history – the B.C. Legislature Raid case.
The first is a scandal itself.

 

Dec. 28, 2003 marks five years since the unprecedented police raid of the Legislature, and yet the trial of former B.C. Liberal government aides David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi – facing corruption charges related to the $1 billion B.C. Rail privatization – has not started.

The second anniversary shows why this case is very important: Overnight on Dec. 2 last year,
my office was broken into and trashed, with a clear message that it was because of my Basi-Virk coverage.
Here’s why the fate of B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is very much in the balance depending on when – and if – this case is ever heard.
The Legislature raid to seize files and computers belonging to David Basi and Virk began as a drug investigation, expanding to a breach of trust and fraud case due to wiretap evidence.
The allegations against Basi and Virk are simple – that they were bribed to provide confidential government documents to lobbyists hired by a B.C. Rail bidder, OmniTRAX. Aneal Basi allegedly laundered bribe money.
The two lobbyists – Erik Bornmann and Brian Kieran – became key Crown witnesses against the accused and do not face criminal charges.
A simple case – did Basi, Virk and Basi do what they are charged with?
But the route to trial is anything but simple.
The evidence gathered in the Legislature and through wiretaps is subject to a variety of types of “privilege,” including Parliamentary privilege, solicitor-client privilege, litigation privilege and police techniques privilege.
That has led to years of pre-trial hearings over what evidence can or should be disclosed and a wide-ranging disclosure order from B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett, who is trying the case, which resulted in production of more than 300,000 pages of evidence.
The defence alleges in court that some evidence backs up their central argument – that the RCMP “tailored and targeted” Basi and Virk and avoided investigating B.C. Liberal cabinet ministers, including Basi’s boss, former Finance Minister Gary Collins.
The court also heard lengthy allegations that political dirty tricks by the B.C. Liberals were coordinated directly out of Campbell’s office.

If proven true in a trial where documents are produced and testimony heard, that alone could change the course of the provincial election.

But a prosecution
appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to try keeping one witness’ identity secret means the trial can’t likely start before the May 2009 election.
And that’s scandalous.

 Check them out and send the links around.

bctrialofbasivirk.blogspot.com/

http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/

Major media’s lack of coverage of Basi/Virk development speaks volumes

Let me see, what headlines did I find today…

Is Laibar Singh ever going home?– His ‘saviors’ say Laibar Singh is ready to go to India  and that his lawyer has been fired – yet the lawyer in question maintains that he has not been fired and in fact, Laibar wants to stay. Click your heels Mr. Singh, as Dorothy said ” There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home….” http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/11/bc-sikh.html

Ken Dobell and his lobbying shenanigans -Old man, even older news, and hes not going anywhere, anytime soon, unless someone digs up something else to ensure his departure. Watch and see -he will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist and a new contract somewhere. Rest assured, Ken Dobell has a hand in everyones back pocket…  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/12/bc-dobell-pleads-guilty.html   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/10/bc-dobell.html

The premiers defence and ‘confidence’ in his staffs obvious poor judgement regarding Ken Dobell– oh yes, dear Jessica McDonald. Poor thing, how is it she couldn’t see the writing on the wall… it must really suck to find out you are just another pawn in the game of BC politics

BC ferries TSB report results -Big shocker here – no one was paying attention.Who’s driving the ferry? Can we have onboard cameras installed on the helm so we know someone is actually in there ? It took two years for this information to be confirmed in a report. Not to mention that BC ferries doesn’t appear to be the safest form of transportation… http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/03/12/bc-tsb-queen-north-report-final.html

Liberals threaten federal electionGee, Stephane Dion, or Stephen Harper? Its like choosing Arsenic or Cyanide- which one hurts less?  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/03/12/liberals-motion.html

But are there are no headlines detailing the ever-growing shadow over Gordon Campbell and his office,  regarding his involvement and activities  surrounding the Basi/Virk trial.

The reputation and integrity (what is left of it) of the BC premiers office is at stake yet again, and one would think that this is news that all British Columbians should be hearing about, yet little- if anything- that develops in this riveting case is ever reported in The Sun or The Province. I talked to people both locally and in the interior, and no one seems to really know anything. Although the average working Joe might have heard of the names Basi/Virk, do they know exactly who they are, how the premier is involved, and what it could mean for the Liberal party of BC?

Not a chance.

This is one of the biggest,ongoing stories in politics anywhere, and yet we are provided with no ongoing coverage by any major media outlet. No weekly feature, or updates.

Why is that?

 It could lead one to surmise that the local media is able to be influenced by those who are compromised most in this story. What other explanation is there? How about a two page special chronicling the entire saga to date,  to get those who have not been privy to the events that have transpired, up to speed? Its anything but a boring read.

Dave Basi and Bob Virk, are two ex-government ministerial aides that have been charged with corruption ,stemming from the legislature raids several years ago. Disclosure has been going on forever and has been plagued by delays, obstructions and missing evidence.

Now, defence attorneys are asking for Premier Gordon Campbell to testify and answer some pertinent and loaded questions regarding allegations of political interference surrounding the release of documents required as evidence. It is alleged that the Premier arbitrarily changed a court protocol on disclosure, and now defence -and the opposition –  want answers as to why he would do such a thing without involving a government lawyer.

Read the entire story here, on political commentator Bill Tielmans blog : http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2008/03/defence-demands-premier-gordon-campbell.html

Bill Tielman has been diligently providing almost daily coverage since the beginning, and not without consequence. His office was broken into and ransacked at one point, with a cryptic message left – an obvious message from someone pissed off by his dogged determination at relaying this story to the public.

It brings to mind the role media outlets play in our political landscape. Sadly, I think the majority of the public relies on mainstream media for their political information and news . The standard should be held that our mainstream media remains unbiased and reports the news in its entirety- good or bad.  So when a story of this political importance is conspicuously ignored over and over, the motive for doing so must be questioned.

After all, the more informed the public is about political process in British Columbia, the better. 

Information is power.