BRITISH COLUMBIA RAILWAY COMPANY
March 12, 2009
I can confirm that Patrick Kinsella's company was retained by BC Rail for a 49 month period between August 2001 and September 2005 to provide strategic advice to our new President, Board of Directors and Chair.
The counsel provided was specific to the Core Review process which Government was undertaking during that period, and general business communication advice.
The value of the contract was $6000.00 per month for 49 months.
A key Crown witness in the Basi-Virk case said his lobbying firm was paid up to $10,000 a month by OmniTrax, a losing bidder in the scandal-plagued sale of B.C. Rail, court transcripts that were released Friday reveal.
Under cross-examination at a preliminary hearing in Victoria in January 2009, Eric Bornman was asked by a lawyer for accused Dave Basi about the income earned by the lobbying firm Pilothouse Public Affairs.
Bornman said Pilothouse was at first paid $6,000 a month by Denver-based OmniTrax, escalating to $10,000 a month between May 2002 and November 2003, when B.C. Rail was sold to CN for $1 billion.....
Meanwhile, there is no word (yet?) as to how, or even if, the alleged $10K per month was divvied-up by the Pilothouse Principals and/or Sgt. Schultz.