EXCLUSIVE ‘BREAKING NEWS’: BC Government Staffer that Leaked Document and Disgraced Harry Bloy Are BOTH Long-time, Prominent Members of Christy Clark ‘Famiglia’
To understand the latest scandal-of-the-minute by the Clark government, you have to understand the players.
Off the top, let’s quickly review why hapless Harry Bloy resigned yesterday. He received a copy of an email from a Ministerial Assistant in Naomi Yamamoto’s office. The email was sent by top-notch Province reporter Cassiday Olivier, to the government requesting specific comment on a generous donor and supporter of Christy Clark and the BC Liberals.
His name is Dr. Peter K. Chung and whose life, until later years, followed the classic American dream: Korean immigrant kid growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in LA. Dad was a preacher, mom was a ‘homemaker’ (or whatever we’ve dumbed that down to now) and young Peter showed an early knack for earning plenty of money and eventually walking the hallways of Harvard.
After founding a complicated web of vocational schools in California, Dr. Chung was successfully sued, as a result of a class action lawsuit, for a series of wrongdoings, including 10,000 violations of California’s business code and “encouraging students to falsify documents so they could obtain federal loans; making misleading statements about employment opportunities; and lying about the school’s accreditation.”
He was also fined $12,000,000, which he strangely, happily admits to never paying and remains defiant that he did nothing wrong.
That was 1993.
His problems followed him north of the 49th and, most significantly, in a lawsuit launched last year by a disgruntled employee, we find this little nugget in one of the affidavits, which purports that the good doctor had uncommon, noteworthy and advanced knowledge of Christy Clark’s educational ethos:
“Leading up to the B.C. Liberal election of 2011, (the) defendant’s management encouraged the plaintiff and his co-workers to vote and support candidate Christy Clark because she would purportedly be advantageous for the defendant’s future in private education and would ensure that the defendant’s employees keep their jobs.”
Now, if you’re a public school teacher and understand that this government has despicably starved the education system in this province for ten years, how does that revelation make you feel?
So, when the reporter Olivier made the request of the government, it appropriately went to the office of Minister Naomi Yamamoto, who is the minister responsible for advanced education.
From here, you’ll start to see a familiar pattern of having the Premier’s closest insiders needing to, once again, cover her oft exposed derriere. The Clark network strikes again–in a brazen attempt to foil the media and have you uninformed.
But that’s why I’m here.
Minister Yamamoto’s Ministerial Assistant sent a copy of the reporter’s request to Harry Bloy. Why? Well, that’s the question everyone in the press has been asking for days now, and I’m happy to provide you all with the anatomy of the answer–in detail.
Ms. Yamamoto is cursed with the services of yet another Clark operative–a long time Clark operative. His name is Rishi Sharma. He is the Minister’s MA. Sharma worked with Bloy on Clark’s leadership campaign as an “advisor.”
So?! ‘Big deal!’ you say?
What you don’t know about Sharma is that he has been around and one of Christy Clark’s staunchest supporters since 1999 when he was hired as an ‘ALA’ (Assistant Legislative Aide).
By Dave Basi–after he consulted with his political bosses, Christy Clark and Mark Marrisen. Basi actually rescued him from Office Depot.
That’s right, Basi arranged for Sharma to get that job–but only after permission. Not floored yet? Well, how ’bout this?
Rishi Sharma was one of ‘Basi’s Boys’: a notorious gang of political operatives known for ruthlessly working over entire federal Liberal and BC Liberal constituency associations and unceremoniously dumping entire boards with handpicked federal Liberal candidates provided by their bosses: Mark Marissen and Christy Clark. Bob Virk, to his credit, thought Sharma a lightweight and often wondered about Basi’s support, but it didn’t matter: Sharma always delivered no matter what Marrisen or Clark asked of him. Blind loyalty is, after all, what this Premier is all about. Right?
Absolutely, and Sharma was also Clark’s driver during the 2001 campaign.
Enough? Stop begging for mercy, because you know where this is going–and I’ll show no mercy whatsoever.
Here are Sharma’s Orders-In-Council since accepting Basi’s generosity and being Christy’s campaign driver in 2001.
July 3, 2002 – Public Affairs Bureau (Rescind of appointment)
Oct 22 2004 – Public Affairs Bureau, Mgr. Media Monitoring
Aug 9, 2005 – Mgr, Media Monitoring (Premier’s Office)
July 19, 2006 – Mgr. Media Monitoring (Premier’s Office)
Sept 25 2009 – MA to Minister of Environment (Murray Coell)
Oct 25 2010 – MA to Minister of Environment (Murray Coell)
Aug 30 2011 – MA to Minister of Adv. Education (Naomi Yamamoto)
Not bad, eh? A Clark operative survived and even thrived through the Campbell years.
Well, along came Christy’s leadership aspirations and the old crew of federal Liberal, scorched-earth operatives (minus charter members Erik Bornmann, David Basi and Bob Virk) came together again–this time for the ultimate political heist.
But what about Bloy you say? Well, he didn’t just appear as one of Clark’s operatives either, as, he too, has been sitting on the Clark horizon line waiting for the chance to reprise his role as the Fredo Corleone of the Clark political famiglia.
Bloy is a long-time friend of Bruce Clark, the Premier’s brother, who was in 2003 a consultant to Pacific Western Brewers (while his sister was Deputy Premier–nice work if you can get it–remember he also consulted for the Washington Group during the BC Rail fiasco). Bruce Clark often sought Bloy’s “advice” on what direction the government was going, as Clark was lobbying the government on changes to tax policy.
Remember too, that this is the same Bruce Clark, who Erik Bornmann, IN A SWORN STATEMENT to the RCMP claimed bribed Dave Basi, which put Clark in the crosshairs of the RCMP, who then searched his bank accounts for ANY sign of such activity. Their investigation was “inconclusive” because they couldn’t find any “relevant” bank accounts (this is the response I received from two of the investigators when I met with them last year).
Bloy, along with Clark’s then Ministerial Assistant and current Deputy Chief of Staff Kim Haakstad, would routinely mine Bob Virk’s office for intel and even went so far as pestering Virk for information on the process of selling BC Rail. When Bloy was once asked by Basi why he was aggressively mining Virk for such intel, Bloy replied that he was trying to give some direction to ‘one of our friends…Bruce Clark. you guys aren’t giving him everything he needs.’
So, for the kids in the class appreciating the background but still wondering what really precipitated the Bloy resignation, here it is:
Bloy and Sharma have been long-time captains in the Christy Clark political family. Neither of them wanted to piss off Dr. Chung, or, more importantly, see the pesky media asking uncomfortable questions of a strong Clark supporter–specifically Dr. Chung, so when Sharma saw the email, he shot it to Bloy (to provide the extra layer of protection–Basi and Virk were good professors, no?), who in turn (as only Bloy would be stupid enough to do), shot it to the head of Dr. Chung’s organization as a preemptive strike against the Province. And the Prezzie of Dr. Chung’s group was fool enough to waive it in front of the same reporter who made the request.
Dumb, dumber, and dumbest. In ascending order to Bloy…
This, at the heart of it, was nothing more than two meatheads shilling for their political boss, the Premier, as they have done for ten years and trying to protect a most valued supporter from scrutiny. Shades of the Soviet Union? You be the judge. The Clark camps mantra: Do anything, say anything, no matter the collateral damage or cost, so long as Christy’s covered. This time they both got caught, but the smarter one survived. They only cheat when they can’t win.
If the Clark government had a stitch of decency, they would fire Rishi Sharma immediately and ask Yamamoto to step down as well. Or she could do the honourable thing and call the Premier, informing her that one of the Preem’s captains was no longer employed with the government. I won’t hold my breath.
Now you (and the rest of the province) know…the real story. And why it took this huge a scandal of releasing sensitive Cabinet level information to one of the Premier’s donors, to get Bloy fired and why the Premier was so soft on him. And why Sharma will likely go unscathed, and why this is the single most corrupt government in the history of British Columbia.
Clark makes Gordon Campbell look like a choir boy.
Don’t you miss him? You should…what a crazy place. Who are the 25% of this God-forsaken province that comprise the IDIOTS supporting such a dishonest party??????
In the last month, we’ve learned that the Premier has been revealed to have been cavorting with a domestic terrorist and a convicted fraud, just to get elected leader and that her campaign cheated to win her the big prize.
Aren’t you all proud?
Over the weekend, I’ll finally play catch up and give you the real story on the freefall of CKNW.
And then Monday, I’ll begin with more ‘Basi-Virk’.