Please note: There is a follow-up to this post....Here.
At the time the resignation was announced we really did wonder.
Honest we did.
But, still, despite the fact his health problem was diagnosed last fall, we were willing to give one of the fine folks who was at the original 'BC Rail's Going Private' MLAs' meeting with Gordon Campbell in early 2002, Mr. Pat Bell, a break.
Of course, now there's this, from the MoCo:
A CBC News investigation has uncovered serious allegations against the B.C. government and provincial Jobs Minister Pat Bell related to the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre project in Prince George.
Bell and the government are accused of promising to influence what was supposed to be an independent bid process in favour of two developers with ties to the B.C. Liberal party.
The allegations are contained in a written complaint filed last November by two Prince George businessmen and submitted to Jane Shackell, the lawyer charged with overseeing the fairness of the bid process...
...But the minister insists that everything was handled properly.
"I'm very comfortable with it," Bell told CBC News.
He also said that, in any case, he was not in a position to make any deals ahead of time, as the complaint alleges.
"To be clear, I do not sit on the project board nor have any authority over it. I would not and could not offer that type of offer to anyone."...
Sure thing Mr. Bell.
But how come you didn't offer up any jokes about greasy burgers and fries on this one?