Friday, November 17, 2006

Erik Bornman's bid to become lawyer may not happen anytime soon

November 17, 2006

Bornman bid for Ontario bar postponed

By BILL TIELEMAN, 24 HOURS

Erik Bornman, the former lobbyist and Paul Martin aide turned key Crown witness in the B.C. Legislature raid case, may not be admitted to the Ontario bar as a lawyer anytime soon.

Bornman, who is scheduled to testify against former government aides David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi in a breach of trust case starting Dec. 4 in B.C. Supreme Court, articled as a law student in Ontario.

Bornman faces an admissibility hearing by the Law Society of Upper Canada starting next Tuesday in Toronto and is attempting to have the public and media excluded. The hearing follows a complaint to the Law Society about Bornman's "good character" - a requirement for admission.

Bornman is alleged in unproven police documents to have bribed David Basi and Virk to obtain confidential government documents related to the 2003 B.C. Rail privatization.

But late yesterday the Law Society announced on its website that it will request Bornman's hearing be adjourned "until such time as the Student Member testifies at the trial . . . . or the criminal matter is withdrawn or otherwise concludes."

Bornman was an aide when Martin was finance minister. He is a former executive member of the federal Liberal Party in B.C.

2 comments:

Gazetteer said...

Gosh.

Sure hope that the LS of UC didn't find any loose ceiling tiles in one of their offices or anything crazy like that......

Tim said...

Bill there is a question begging to be asked. Where is Jamie Elmhirst the President of the Liberal Party of Canada BC in all of this? These guys are friends and buisness partners who have been seen together within the last year.