Thursday, May 03, 2007
So, we thought this wee plot development, as reported by the Globe's Mark Hume, was interesting, from earlier in the week:
Former finance minister Gary Collins yesterday called on the Crown to release any police surveillance material it has of him from a 2003 meeting with U.S. business executives concerning the government sale of BC Rail.
Speaking through his lawyer, Clark Roberts, Mr. Collins said if the police did tape his meeting with OmniTRAX Inc., a company that failed in a bid for BC Rail, it should be made public because it will only prove that he did nothing wrong while handling the $1-billion sale of the state-owned rail line.
"If there is any surveillance, Mr. Collins says it should be disclosed because it will completely reveal that he wasn't involved [in any wrongdoing]," Mr. Roberts said.
But at the time, when that came out Tuesday, we didn't know to do it with it.
I guess, maybe, now we know why the good Mr. Roberts was trying to force the Crown's hand. This, also reported by Mr. Hume, from yesterday:
Defence lawyer Michael Bolton underscored the political nature of Mr. Basi's job and the "intimate" working relationship he had with Mr. Collins by reading wiretap transcripts in which the two men discussed political dirty tricks.
In one conversation, Mr. Basi tells his boss that former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm and then North Vancouver Mayor Barbara Sharp were going to be on a radio talk show.
"I wanted to have the mayor of Squamish call in and just rip Barbara Sharp a new asshole. . . is that okay?" Mr. Basi asks.
"Yeah, absolutely," replies Mr. Collins.
That's some innocuous media manipulation huh.
Bill Tieleman got a quote from Ms. Sharp in response - and it is very interesting, indeed.
Sharp told 24 hours the alleged comments are "quite a shocker."
"What a terrible way to talk about people. I don't know what they were so upset with me about except that I was trying to keep B.C. Rail in North Vancouver."
In other words - it appears that it was the intent to whack any and all persons that actually wanted to keep BC Rail for British Columbians (don't forget that just last month, the last remaining remnants of BC Rail in North Van were sold to Enron.....errrr.....KinderMorgan).
There's more - also reported by Mr. T.:
Later in the call Bolton quoted Collins to Basi: "I want you to keep this completely to yourself because there's only two of us who know about this."
Collins' spokesperson Clark Roberts left the court without speaking to reporters.
What a show!
We do have one question arising from this episode, however.
And that is......
Just who is paying the good Mr. Roberts to represent the former (and we stress former) public servant Mr. Collins?
Posted by RossK at Thursday, May 03, 2007