|David Basi after surprise guilty plea October 2010|
The answer is yes - and it comes directly from NDP leader Adrian Dix.
Concerned British Columbians were shocked at the sudden end to the trial of former BC Liberal government ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk, and government communications staff person Aneal Basi, in October 2010 with surprise guilty pleas by David Basi and Virk and the dropping of charges against Aneal Basi.
Only two of an expected 40 witnesses had testified in the case that finally came to trial over six years after the December 28, 2003 unprecedented police raid on the BC Legislature - and some of BC's top current and former politicians and political operatives were slated to testify.
It was highly likely that BC Premier Christy Clark and former Premier Gordon Campbell would have been among the witnesses.
In the aftermath, there was public outrage that $6 million in legal fees for David Basi and Bob Virk was paid by the government with no attempt made to collect any portion of it back, despite the guilty pleas. That issue is currently being investigated by independent BC Auditor General John Doyle.
Regular viewers of Voice of BC, hosted by Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer and broadcast by Shaw Cable - and you all should be - may have seen a taped question I posed on air to Dix but others are likely unaware.
Here's the transcript from the show - broadcast October 20, 2011. You can watch the show on Vimeo, where this segment is at 52:43 into the hour:
Bill Tieleman [taped question]: "Tuesday October 18 was the first anniversary of the end of the Basi-Virk trial - the BC Legislature Raid case, when David Basi and Bob Virk pled guilty to a number of charges.
"Are you still committed to holding a full public inquiry into the Basi-Virk case?"
Vaughn Palmer: "Do you think it will be worth it by 2013?"
Adrian Dix: "Yes, I think so."
"I think there are a couple of things to remember. First, we lost our railway. You go to Williams Lake - that's a pretty significant thing - we lost our railway."
"It was a badly bunged decision, a policy decision, and there are all the issues involved in the case, including the corruption involved."
"I think it's reasonable to have an inquiry into that."
Vaughn Palmer: "Even though it'll be 10 years by 2013 and the number of lawyers needed to do that - it's going to cost a lot of money."
Adrian Dix: "There's lessons we need to learn. I think you have to balance these things out. I agree - one is concerned about the cost - but some things are important."
Dix then discussed the Missing Women's Inquiry and talked about his wife Renee Saklikar testifying at the Air India Inquiry, because she lost family members in that bombing. Dix called it a "good inquiry" even though it took place many years later.
And that's for the record.