Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Fall of a Government: The Truth behind the Sale of BC Rail

Enough is enough. It is time for some kind of federal inquiry and oversight into the governance and administration of the Province of British Columbia over the last 8 years. Extraordinary actions call for extraordinary measures.

As citizens of BC we can no longer tolerate the corruption, the blatant subversion of justice, decency, honour and integrity of the current administration. We will be paying for decades to come, as will our children and their children for the abomination that is Gordon Campbell's BC Liberal government and because of the greed of whatever demonic puppet masters he is working for. You can't get blood from a stone and the cookie jar is empty, so get the hell out of BC and back to whatever depth of Hell you've all come from. Did nobody ever mention you can't take it with you? It's ours anyways, so get lost.


B.C. Rail Corruption Trial - Key Documents

NDP. March 06, 2009.

Documents detailing how Brian Kieran worked closely with the Premier's Office to arrange meetings between Gordon Campbell and Pat Broe of Broe Companies Ltd, the parent company of OmniTRAX.

The Charles River fairness evaluation , which the Liberals used to defend the transaction, was sent to the key people involved in brokering the deal prior to release.

The complete set of documents are here .


Railgate Bombshell: BC Gov't Ethics Scorched by Rail Firms
Angry bidders 'dismayed' by 'unfair' process in $1 billion privatization.
Bill Tieleman. March 3, 2009.

Two major rail companies who dropped out of bidding on the $1 billion privatization of B.C. Rail angrily accused the BC Liberals of leaking vital secrets to the winning competitor and conducting an "unfair" process.

CPR also dropped out of the bidding before CN was announced as the winner, calling the process "unfair" because it believed the B.C. government had leaked confidential B.C. Rail information to CN, giving that company a clear advantage in preparing its bid.


Broe to Campbell, Aug 15, 2002:“I want to meet with you again ... the province will be best served if BC Rail freight service was privatized."


Documents released this week by a judge in a political corruption trial trace the government's route from staunch denial to talks with bidders and then a media strategy on how to sell privatization to the public

Allegations of Breach of Contract, the Cover Up and Abrogation of Duty and Oath as Sworn Elected Representatives of the Province of British Columbia:

Hansard Debates [Blues] for Tuesday PM, March 3, 2009

... R. Fleming: These are questions about documents that are now in the public realm. Let's go back to after the CN Rail deal became public. All of the bidders, every bidder, wrote to government expressing their disappointment at the lack of fairness.

"Extremely dismayed with the handling of the B.C. Rail transaction because of a lack of fairness," wrote Burlington Northern.

"Lack of fairness put CPR at a significant disadvantage," wrote Canadian Pacific.

"We are disappointed with the news and the way in which it was communicated," wrote Omnitrax.

It turns out they were right. It turns out that not only did the government strike a tainted deal, they struck a tainted report about the deal.

So, again, to the Premier: will he admit in this House today that the so-called independent fairness report wasn't worth the paper it was written on and admit the deal was unfair, biased and not in the interest of British Columbians?

Hon. W. Oppal: Nice speech. Completely irrelevant. Lot of sound and fury, with the greatest of conceivable respect. The fact that the documents are in the public is completely irrelevant. All documents that are filed in a courtroom, are public. That doesn't give us the right to comment on them.

Interjections ...

Mr. Speaker: Just wait, Member.

R. Fleming: For the first time after many, many years, these documents today allow the opposition, the public, to have what the government has always had, to be on the same page. The only thing that hasn't changed is the government's unwillingness to answer questions, and that's not good enough.

The B.C. Rail deal was tainted. The fairness report was a sham. The government worked hand in hand with the fairness adviser to rein in a political scandal. That's what these documents show. It broke a key election promise. These things may mean nothing to those people, but the people of British Columbia deserve better. They deserve to know the real truth about a public asset worth billions of dollars ...

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