As The Gazetteer points out, with the sham over and the judicial gag order ended, we can start asking questions again and we can start pointing at facts and timelines which were hitherto subject to a publication ban.
One of the mysteries of the whole BC Rail sale scandal was the sudden and unexpected departure of BC Rail point man and then BC Finance Minister, Gary Collins. There is speculation that Collins was about to be interviewed by the RCMP regarding certain cabinet documents. Indeed, Collins was to be next into the witness box when the defendants of the corruption trial suddenly changed their pleas to "guilty" and prevented the defence examination of Collins.
Convenient. And it remains just as mysterious. The question now centers around whether certain lawyers and deputy ministers were involved in an obstruction of justice and whether there was a violation of the Dhom Protocol, a court ordered procedure to allow police access to cabinet documents. If there was such a violation then the parties involved were in contempt of court.
A further question exists: Was Gary Collins warned in advance that he was to be questioned by the RCMP? And if so, who warned him?
Back to that 27 October, 7 pm address by Campbell on Global TV. You can make book that the BC Rail sale and the corruption which surrounded it won't be mentioned. This will be Campbell pleading for his political life over the fiasco created by the introduction of Harmonized Sales Tax. While that event has cut the residents of BC to the quick, it is nothing to compared to the waste laid to the province by a bunch of right-wing ideologues who regularly demonstrate that they hate all but the wealthiest of BC's citizens.
Well it’s over now. So where’s the investigation into obstruction of justice and other violations of the Criminal Code with respect to the Premier’s office handling of documents at the heart of the investigation?
What we really need to know is this. Could Dobell have warned Gary Collins that he was about to be interviewed by the RCMP regarding key documents in the case? After all he met him in cabinet at least once a week. And doesn’t that constitute contempt of Justice Dohm’s order? Or maybe even obstruction of justice?Gary Collins was supposed to be next up. Wouldn’t those be questions the defence might have wanted to ask? How convenient for the Premier’s office that that won’t take place now.
For a list you have to read Laila Yuile. And we should all read Laila Yuile.