…And the angels sang….” Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” as the BC Rail allegations( revelations?) mount in court

From my friend Bill Tieleman today…. http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2009/03/basi-virk-bombshells-defence-alleges.html

Basi-Virk Bombshells: Defence alleges Kinsella, CN + Gordon Campbell met on BC; Kinsella worked for CN & BC Rail at same time; govt suppressed FOIs

The defence in the BC Legislature raid case fired a volley of bombshells in BC Supreme Court today, including allegations that:

– Premier Gordon Campbell met with BC Liberal 2001 election campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella and David McLean, CN Rail’s Chair, to discuss the BC Rail deal before CN was announced the winner in the $1 billion privatization;

– Patrick Kinsella was working for both CN Rail and BC Rail throughout the period prior to and during the sale of BC Rail to CN in a bidding process. Kinsella was paid $297,000 by BC Rail during that time;

– The BC Rail deal almost collapsed months after it was signed November 25, 2003 – leading to a May 19, 2004 intervention by Kinsella to Campbell’s Chief of Staff Martyn Brown at the request of McLean;

– Senior government Deputy Minister Chris Trumpy and then-BC Rail Vice-President Kevin Mahoney worked together to “stifle” Freedom Of Information request to access the transaction documents in the BC Rail deal

– The BC Liberal government is exercising “subjudice” – that the matter is before the courts – when it is convenient to avoid questions but ignores it for its own purposes other times

More on Bill’s blog later , and in 24 hours newspaper Friday.

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