EXCLUSIVE/BREAKING NEWS: ‘The Basi Files’ Chapter VIII–Patrick Kinsella’s Unfettered Access to Both CN and the BC Government Through a Sham Process to Sell BC Rail
In this chapter, it’s now November 17, 2003, exactly one week before the deal to sell BC Rail to CN is formalized.
In a short, but explosive memo-to-file, Basi recounts how he spoke to then BC Liberal party Executive Director, Kelly Reichert, whom is colloquially referred to as “The Senator.”
Reichert, you’ll recall, is the brother-in-law, of legislature raid lead RCMP investigator, Kevin deBruyckere. Reichert recently left the BC Liberal Party, after consolidating control, under the tutelage of Gordon Campbell. He is replaced by another Campbell Imperial storm trooper Chad Pederson–infamous for returning calls of only compliant media, while he was Communications Director for the BC Liberals over the last decade (Translation: He must have Bill Good’s home number).
To the memo…
‘The Senator’ tells Basi of the broad-sweeping involvement of Patrick Kinsella in the deal. And for the first time Basi introduces us to the involvement of long-time BC Liberal PR spinner Randy Wood. Wood, for those of you unaware, is the long-time life partner of Marcia Smith, former MA to Stan Hagen (she preceded me) and general self-important, entirely overrated political hack, who worked with Kinsella on successive provincial campaigns along with other such chest-beating luminaries.
Reichert gives Basi the heads-up that Kinsella is sifting through the tax pool information–pivotal to CN’s position as buyer. While Kinsella stickhandles such key details, Basi writes that he is told by Reichert that Kinsella will “call Martyn (Brown, Principal Secretary/Chief of Staff to Premier Campbell) and the Premier directly if he needed anything…”
Then the clincher…
Basi writes: “Then Kinsella will talk to David McLean, somebody who is connected to the Premier and CN but (also) to the PM Chretien himself in Ottawa. We talked about the strong rumour that Kinsella was working for CN on this deal and smoothing the way for the sale. The Senator (Reichert) said nothing surprised him anymore about Kinsella and his ability to have his finger in every pie.”
Then the killer observation by Basi, that confirms the suspicions of anyone ever thinking Kinsella was the Premier’s point man in the disposing of BC Rail to CN–a company run by David McLean, the Premier’s close friend and bagman.
“I noted the irony with the Senator (Reichert) of the Premier’s close friend and advisor (Kinsella) working so closely on this deal, something that is clearly a broken promise. It’s as if Kinsella knew exactly what would happen after the election and knew the Premier would say anything to win the election after the debacle of 1996.”
Here, Basi clearly refers to the Campbell election loss to Glen Clark and the NDP, when it was learned Campbell might sell BC Rail. So in 2001, one of the main planks of the BC Liberal platform was to NOT sell BC Rail–a proven lie.
An election campaign Kinsella not only directed but helmed from the backroom of the BC Liberal Party…
CN boss David McLean, on the money front, raised significant funds for the BC Liberals over the many years the party has been in power, including those elections aforementioned, but has also been one of their biggest backers…through CN Rail…
And in the final paragraph of the eighth memo, in a stunning moment of foreshadowing, Dave Basi provides us with this:
The Senator (Reichert) reminded me that the best thing to do is keep your head down and follow orders. They made the decision and will have to wear it if the deal goes sideways. The thing to remember is that we are expendable, they are untouchable. Keep quiet and do your job, good advice from the Senator a veteran of the game.”
Now, a few questions:
1) What the hell was a PARTY official doing involved in discussing the inside workings of a GOVERNMENT deal? Don’t accuse me of being naive. I understand the BC Liberals were government at the time. But why would a party official need to be updating a senior government aide on the specifics of the tax pool considerations of the BC Rail deal from the CN side? How did Reichert know about Kinsella’s moves? Why would a party official need to know any of that?Perhaps his brother-in-law, Superintendent deBruckyere knows…
2) How can the Premier any longer pretend that Basi and Virk “acted alone”? How can this shameless man possibly pretend that these two were going it alone and that they were on a solo flight of corruption? What a load of bunk!
3) Christy Clark claims that neither she nor anyone around her acted unethically where it concerns BC Rail. Really Christy? Your current campaigns MOST SENIOR advisor, one Patrick Kinsella, is accused of double dipping: Working for both CN and the government. It’s clear he was, from reading the eighth memo. Kinsella was a pal of the Premier’s who received a contract, without tender, to stick-handle a deal that sold a public asset to a company controlled by another pal of the Premier’s, David McLean–who also worked on multiple party campaigns alongside Kinsella. Does that sound “ethical” to you Christy? What role will Mr. Kinsella play in your government when you win the leadership contest?
Below, please find Chapter VIII of ‘The Basi Files’.
Tomorrow, I will cover the comedy of events that took place this morning during Christy Clark’s STAGED “live chat” that the Vancouver Sun shamelessly moderated. I asked several questions that they did not allow, all related to ‘Basi-Virk’. So, were the Vancouver Sun shielding Christy Clark? Why? And is their journalistic integrity intact?
You be the judge.