Bad News Friday.
For those of you who are not in the know, there is a calculated reason behind government press releases.
What is likely to be perceived as ‘ bad news’ by the public is likely to be released on a Friday, later in the day, so that the memory of will likely fade from public scrutiny by Monday morning.
However, what is likely to be perceived as ‘ good news’ by the public, will be released early in the day, on a Monday- or at least early in the week- so that the government has plenty of time to pat themselves on the back and look good.
That’s just how it works.
So, based on the fact that the following news was announced late yesterday afternoon on the Friday before a long weekend, what would you make of this?
A new judge will be appointed in the ongoing legal saga surrounding the BC Rail corruption scandal.
Elizabeth Bennett was overseeing the case in B.C. Supreme Court, but she has been appointed to the provincial Court of Appeal.
A spokesman for the Crown says that means a new judge must be chosen to take over a complex case that began with a police raid of the provincial legislature more than five years ago.
The raid targeted the offices of two ministerial aides – Dave Basi and Bobby Virk – who were charged with accepting a benefit, fraud and breach of trust in relation to the sale of BC Rail.
It’s alleged they took money from lobbyists representing CN’s rival for the purchase of BC Rail, OmniTrax, in exchange for confidential information about the $1-billion sale.
The charges have been winding their way through pre-trial arguments, and the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to review an aspect of the case will delay a trial even further.
(The Canadian Press) “
Hell of an interesting time for a ‘promotion’, don’tcha think?
Right after another Liberal majority( if you can consider it that when less than half the registered voters in BC even voted, and less than that voted Liberal, making it about 20-something % that actually liked what the Libs have done enough to vote for them)
Suggested reading over at Gazetteer
and BC Mary,
in the posts and the comments section.