EXCLUSIVE ‘BREAKING NEWS’: Judged “Terrorist” and Convicted Gunman Invited by Premier Clark’s People to Attend Budget Speech was a Top-Ranking Indo Lieutenant of the Christy Clark Leadership Team
You just can’t make this stuff up…I am continually amazed by the shamelessness and stupidity of the Christy Clark team.
To all those who pilloried me during the campaign when I told you that the Clark team had cut deals with ANYONE in the Indo-Canadian Community to deliver her the Premier’s mantle, read and weep.
While you and I were waiting to listen to the latest on how impoverished the BC government’s budget remains, guess who was sitting in a the public gallery while the legislature was a in total lockdown?
His name is Jaspal Singh Atwal, who, as noted by Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun, “was convicted of attempted murder for shooting a visiting Punjabi Cabinet Minister in 1986.”
In 1987, Mr. Atwal and three other accomplices were convicted in BC Supreme Court of trying to murder Malkiat Singh Sidhu–a visiting Punjabi government official with an unimpeachable record, on a lonely stretch of road on Vancouver Island. Mr. Sidhu was shot twice but survived his injuries, while the three accused were subsequently convicted and sentenced to 20 years each. During a parole hearing, Mr. Atwal confessed to being the shooter.
The Campbell River judge at that time, referred to it as “an act or terrorism.”
Now, when Kim broke her story earlier, I did some digging after, as per usual, one of Premier Clark’s operatives tried to spin the story.
Shane Mills, her Director of Communications, tried everything he could to message his boss out of this mess, but it’s about to get worse…
Jaspal Singh Atwal wasn’t just a guest of the Premier’s for the budget speech. He’s not some junior waterboy from the Fraser Valley fields where instant members are made. Mr. Atwal was a high-ranking lieutenant of the Clark leadership campaign and remains an influential Christy Clark supporter from Surrey.
He’s a Christy Clark bigshot.
Yet, the Premier claims she’s “shocked” he got a ticket. Really Christy? But you weren’t “shocked” when he was a notable Indo-Canadian campaign worker of your leadership bid? You weren’t “shocked” when he was putting massive membership rolls together for you to win the leadership? You weren’t “shocked” Premier, when he was bringing money in the door for you? But now you’re shocked, are you?
What a shameless fool this woman is! How can BC Liberal caucus members continue to allow this unqualified, despicable, UNETHICAL person to disgrace the Office of the Premier?
I’m told by absolutely appalled former Clark supporters that Mr. Atwal wasn’t just an eager, influential campaigner, but he was instrumental in putting together those Clark memberships, in astronomical numbers, and in delivering key major contributions to the Clark campaign.
Mr. Atwal was in attendance on budget day as a guest of the Stephanie Cadieux constituency association (they arranged for his ticket after the Premier’s handlers approved him), whose leader, Tariq Guman, was also in attendance. Interesting, as Minister Cadieux was a supporter of Kevin Falcon and she now also claims to be “shocked,” I called for comment from Minister Cadieux but I gather she’s on her way to a scheduled caucus meeting where some of my caucus and government readers should turn off their Blackberry volumes so that Tony Bennett doesn’t start wafting through the room. But do any of you have the moral fibre to call the Premier on the mat for this? What about Minister Cadieux?
This is an exceedingly serious matter.
What does the Premier know of this man Atwal? Did she promise him anything? Did anyone of her people do so? He’s apparently EXTREMELY upset that he did all the work and others are receiving prominent board appointments by the Clark government. So, he must have been promised something.
Her communications people can try to play this one as a minor incident, but it’s not. He is well-known to her and to them. Shane Mills claims that he didn’t know Mr. Atwal’s background. Minister Cadieux repeats to Kim Bolan that she’s “shocked.”
This is precisely why the exodus from the BC Liberal Party will continue. This is a corrupt government led by a woman who will say anything and do anything to rip power from the hands of the people and deliver it to her friends and insiders. Who are the Indo Canadians that received plum positions with this government as a result of Mr. Atwal’s hard work on behalf of the Premier?????
If the media let go of this story, they should be truly ashamed. I’ll be doing more digging and get back to you. I also spoke to Kim Bolan earlier and she’s digging as well.