Sorry - overwhelmed with work but I was in Court for Roger McConchie's submission on behalf of MLA John van Dongen and will post an article sometime Thursday, as well as comments from van Dongen.
An application by BC Auditor General John Doyle for access to government records regarding the $6 million payment of legal fees for the defence in the Basi-Virk/BC Legislature Raid case continued to be heard today in BC Supreme Court.
|Lawyer Roger McConchie and BC Conservative MLA John van Dongen outside BC Supreme Court hearing - Bill Tieleman photo|
That $1 billion privatization led to an unprecedented police raid on the BC Legislature and a lengthy pre-trial hearing that I covered extensively, followed by an abbreviated trial that ended after only two witnesses testified - when Basi and Virk suddenly pled guilty after years of declaring their innocence.
Zivot's 113-page affidavit is a lengthy examination of both the BC Auditor General Act and other Canadian legislation regarding the powers of auditors general and their ability to obtain the information necessary for audits.
"The Auditor General must be able to obtain such record as to be reasonably informed on these matters," Zivot argued before Chief Justice Robert Bauman.
Former BC Liberal Solicitor General John van Dongen - who quit the party to become the BC Conservatives only MLA - is attending the application and has intervenor status. His lawyer Roger McConchie - hired at van Dongen's personal expense - is expected to make his arguments on Wednesday morning.
Van Dongen said in an interview with me Monday that he is unhappy with the BC Liberal government's steadfast refusal to release documents sought by the Auditor General.
"It's very frustrating - That's one of the reason's why I applied for intervenor status," van Dongen said.
The hearing is expected to continue through Friday in courtroom 32.