|Bill Tieleman outside BC Supreme Court - Lyle Stafford photo|
Instead of waiting for the resumption of the criminal trial in January 2011 and further cross examination of some of BC's most well-known politicians and political operators, we are left with a sudden guilty plea bargain by Basi and Virk for passing confidential government information on the $1 billion sale of BC Rail on to lobbyists for one bidder.
Basi and Virk spend the Christmas holidays under house arrest, having done a deal that saw them avoid both jail time and also paying off the $6 million legal fees their defence lawyers accrued over the past 7 years.
Former Finance Minister Gary Collins was spared his role as the next witness in the trial.
BC Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark escaped a trial that would have doubtless brought up disturbing questions on her own role as deputy premier during the BC Rail sale - and questions about the role of her then-lobbyist brother Bruce Clark, found by police to have other confidential BC Rail documents in his possession that were received from Basi and Virk.