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 election–Gee, 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.