Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December 12, 2007

Basi-Virk defence slams provincial gov't


The defence in the B.C. Legislature Raid case slammed the provincial government repeatedly yesterday, alleging it considered putting B.C. Rail into bankruptcy to aid its privatization and warning that Premier Gordon Campbell will spend "ample" time being cross-examined.

And lawyers for former government aides David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi alleged in B.C. Supreme Court that senior deputy minister Chris Trumpy was in conflict of interest during the sale of B.C. Rail and that it is provincial "perversity" to withhold information the accused need to defend themselves.

But a government lawyer fired back, categorically denying the province was acting "in some political fashion."

Michael Bolton, lawyer for David Basi, told Justice Elizabeth Bennett that a summary of legal advice the government claims solicitor-client privilege over shows it considered putting B.C. Rail into bankruptcy protection through the federal Creditors' Companies Arrangement Act.

"Bankruptcy for B.C. Rail was one of the things the government was looking at to facilitate the sale of the freight division," Bolton said.

Virk's lawyer Kevin McCullough alleged Trumpy was in conflict because he was on a B.C. Rail deal evaluation committee and later chief negotiator while chairing the B.C. Investment Management Corporation that held more than $350 million in shares of CN Rail, the successful bidder.

Trumpy resigned from the BCIMC, which invests public-sector pension funds.

NOTE - See blog item below for longer story on Tuesday's BC Supreme Court hearing.


Anonymous said...

Now we know why Special Prosecutor William S. Berardino, Q.C. is never in court.

Anonymous said...

This chain of events is starting to look like a poorly written whodone it and to whom. We the tax payers have some characters dealing for us but are they really protecting our interests, or their own? The list of cours events changes during the day. Mind you most of us don't or can't show up. It amazes me that such events is so short of media represenatatives. Mind you it's early days but sometime soon the media best show up or show themselves not that interesting in how our provicne is being run. Bil goes there for free and reports what he sees and hears and for that we must be thankful. Robin does articles faily regularly as well. Nobody gets paid for their time, except of course all the sides in the proceedings.