EXCLUSIVE: During RCMP Surveillance of Dave Basi, Deputy Premier Christy Clark Was in the Cross-Hairs of the RCMP’s Special ‘O’–TWICE! How Does This Square With the Crown’s Dissent and Premier Christy Clark’s Denials?
What you are about to read is an eye witness account from a confidential source inside the RCMP’s troubled Special ‘O’ unit. The source, who recently approached this writer, is a decades-long law enforcement ‘employee’. All the facts as presented have been verified as true with other officials close to the investigation. They are supported by evidence which I will show you at the end of this post. I cannot, for legal reasons, show you the specific related documents–yet, as I am working to publish the details without possibly revealing the source. Unlike with the dozens of law enforcement officials, who would have access to previous information I have released, this information was available to very few people, but enough that I am not immediately compromising the source.
The following information could have ONLY come from someone with intel deep inside the RCMP.
Dave Basi and Bob Virk would be unaware of the following information. The judges in the case wouldn’t know about some of it–or all of it–hard to say. Neither would defence counsel know about all of it–if at all. Only the crown and the police would be fully aware–for certain.
The RCMP investigators AND the Special Prosecutor’s Office, who have denied that any politicians were ever under serious suspicion or actual investigation, have seen this information, I submit. So the question is: how could Janet Winteringham who assisted Special Prosecutor (and BC Liberal supporter and donor) William Berardino, claim that there were “no politicians” ever under suspicion? I’ve already revealed the documents that prove Gary Collins was under criminal investigation. And The Globe and Mail, plus their sister station CTV Vancouver have already disgraced themselves by claiming their ‘investigation’ of trial documents “exonerated” Christy Clark and others (in point of fact, they only looked at the Crown’s binders–loaded with almost entirely unproven allegations, without reviewing a single document submitted by the defence).
You’re seeing here, for the first time, in a province wide exclusive, information which, along with all the other information I have released, screams for a FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY into the scandal that is the sale of BC Rail to a friend of disgraced former premier Gordon Campbell.
It’s the first week of March 2004.
David Basi and Robert Virk were living with their respective families in Victoria. The previous December (2003), Basi was fired and Virk suspended from jobs as the two most powerful Ministerial Assistants in the BC Liberal government.
They were throughly chastened, shamed–and nervous.
The scandalous sale of BC Rail to a close friend of Gordon Campbell (and stalwart BC Liberal Party donor), consistently swirling in the news, had made it difficult for either of them to leave their homes, without a camera or microphone being thrust before them. Virk, the more reserved of the two, was angry and took his departure hard as he spent months trying to recover. But Basi was defiant. He took the brunt of the blame and was mad at allowing himself to be used so thoroughly. From Premier Campbell on down (as you’ll read below) through Ministers and caucus members, Basi was thrown under the proverbial bus as the chief culprit in what was then believed a drug investigation with all the salacious elements of trafficking, prostitution and the like.
None of which ever materialized.
To this day, the RCMP (largely because of a resolutely flaccid, mainstream, BC press corps) has never explained how “organized crime” (the RCMP’s exact words) had reached “the highest levels of government” (again, the RCMP’s exact words) in this province.
The police, still in evidence gathering phase in early March of 2004, was looking for more than what they had already collected.
As Basi and Virk were trying to get on with their lives, little did they know that by the end of 2004, they would be charged with multiple counts of fraud and breach of trust and that Basi’s cousin would be accused of money laundering. Both Basi and Virk were also accused of accepting bribes from Bruce Clark (Christy Clark’s brother) for the secret release (to Clark) of confidential documents related to the sale of Robert’s Bank (the hotly sought after BC Rail spur line).
After surveilling Basi during 2003 (the RCMP tapped his office and cell phones and monitored his emails) the RCMP tailored the investigation with him as primary target.
RCMP Source: “There was no one else they could pin with most of the crap that was collected. He was an easy target. Everyone from Campbell, Collins, Clark on down used him for everything.”
AGT: “Well, then what were the RCMP looking for other than the bribery and breach of trust evidence?”
RCMP Source: “At some point, after we had monitored the situation in detail–some details that I can’t give you or it would give me away, we were looking for who else might have assisted or was leaking documents too. There was such a massive amount of confidential government level information going to Erik Bornmann, Brian Kieran, Bruce Clark and eventually Jamie Elmhirst, that we wondered who else other than Basi or Virk was involved. Breach of trust happens when an actual trust is broken and it has to be obvious, without question, so we did a lot of digging. We knew Virk was supplying intel to Christy Clark’s assistant Kim Haakstad on a steady basis, but these other consultants were getting high level Cabinet material that neither Basi nor Virk could get them. There was no way. We figured out early on that they were never in Cabinet and neither Judith Reid or Gary Collins was giving them information about Cabinet direction regarding the sale (of BC Rail). Collins confirmed that several times under oath.It had to have been coming from someone much higher up. A Cabinet member, who knew them and knew them well.”
AGT: “So what did you do to determine where any additional intel was coming from?”
RCMP Source: “We decided to tail Basi, since he was good friends with a lot of the consultants and Cabinet Ministers involved. He was politically active with the provincial and federal Liberal parties and was working very closely with Erik Bornmann, Christy Clark, Mark Marissen and Jamie Elmhirst on a lot of campaigns and files. We knew this from wiretap evidence. You released that evidence on your blog last year–which pissed off many of my colleagues, by the way.”
AGT: “Well, I’m sorry about that, but I can’t help that. I want the truth to come out. I mean no disrespect to the RCMP, they know me, they know that. I told them that. I just want the truth to come out. If they were intimidated to not press obvious conflicts and look the other way with respect to investigating obvious, other suspicious circumstances related to various politicians, then I think the public has a right to know that.”
RCMP Source: “Yeah, I think a few of them are cheering you on, but there are others that want to wring your neck.”
AGT: “Well, fair enough. They’re welcome to do so if they wish, I can’t stop them. Tell me more about the surveillance of Basi. When, where and why–as specifically as you can without outing yourself?”
RCMP Source: “No, no, it’s okay, I’m good. First week of March 2004 and first week of June 2004. We were looking to see what he was up to and if he was communicating with anyone in government because we had pieced together that the Pilothouse boys were still getting inside intel from somewhere high up in government.”
AGT: “Who did you suspect?”
RCMP Source: “Christy Clark.”
AGT: “How so? The Crown, the Globe and Mail and CTV all came on a few days before the BC Liberal leadership vote and claimed how Christy was never a person of interest and that there was no evidence to support any suspicions about her. Janet Winteringham from the Crown, went out of her way in an unusual, extraordinary step to sit for an on camera interview with CTV.”
RCMP Source: “Yeah, I remember. The media had no way of knowing that because the Crown only agreed to release trial material that would make Basi and Virk look like pieces of shit. That material was taken totally out of context. But the Crown knows better, they had access to the documents I’m showing you now. And the licence plates of the cars we used to tail Basi; looking for any proof of contact by Clark or anyone else that was involved in their political affairs. That was all included unless someone destroyed it or it was somehow removed.”
AGT: “What about Virk?”
RCMP Source: “He was like a hermit. Maybe smarter, I don’t really know. He never went anywhere notable or did much of anything. I think he got a raw deal to be honest. Basi was the man who all the people involved in selling BC Rail wanted to talk to. He was our best bet.”
AGT: “So, you’re confirming here and now that Christy Clark was a person of interest at one time. And that Basi was tailored to be the main fall guy.”
RCMP Source: “Absolutely, and any honest cop involved in the investigation knows this. But they have to cover it all up. If the NDP or Conservatives win the next election, you’ll see some early retirements by members who were involved in the case. They don’t want a public inquiry and will fight to stay away from the witness bay.”
AGT: “What did you find after the surveillance efforts? Anything specific on the current Premier?”
RCMP Source: “It’s actually in the documents from the evidence gathering stage that she was a person of interest. Both the defence and prosecutors had access to this material, or should have had access. We were told to drop her after awhile because it was concluded that if she was involved in a breach of trust, none of her friends that she was leaking to would turn on her. We needed that desperately. Except maybe Basi or Virk and they were tainted. Besides that, it was decided that Basi was the main target. That came from higher ups I think, most of us were just scratching our heads.”
AGT: “So the evidence I’ve shown, the court documents from the trial that show Christy meeting with Pilothouse, giving them evidence and being coached by them with speaking notes for caucus or Cabinet etc., that didn’t resonate with the investigators? What about the bribe Kelly Reichert offered Dave Basi? Why wasn’t any of that investigated and acted upon? When I revealed that Gary Collins was under criminal investigation, including documented evidence on RCMP letterhead…why would the prosecutor’s office say otherwise?”
RCMP Source: “Look, I can’t speak for the other guys or the Crown, but I saw all of that and it was obvious what Clark was doing. The only difference between her and Basi was that we could prove he was accepting cash for the information he provided. Clark might have been also smarter, I don’t know, but it’s obvious she was leaking higher level Cabinet intel to Brian Kieran, Erik Bornmann and later on to Jamie Elmhirst and that alone, in most cases, will get you one or two counts depending on the circumstances and the strength of the evidence. That was so obvious, but our guys just looked the other way, I guess. As for Reichert, he should have been charged, no doubt about it. We got him on a wiretap offering Basi a bribe–it was clear as day. And the documents you released on Collins could have landed you in jail, I have to tell you. I’d be careful with any future documents. Some members have really had it with you, but they don’t want to turn you into a martyr. I don’t want to go any further on that one as my opinions are well known around the water cooler. Just stick with this material first. I have more to share. I’ll get you some documents that will shed more light on this soon. Just watch yourself. It’s not the release of any old documents. They just don’t want you embarrassing the RCMP with wiretaps and transcripts. We know you are friends with some of our members and aren’t interested in being a problem to the force. I think that’s the only reason you haven’t been thrown in jail yet. Some people are looking to get you on anything. Be aware that this government has ins with the RCMP in BC for a long time. I wouldn’t spit on the side walk if I was you.”
AGT: “Okay, okay I get it. I’ll be careful.”
RCMP Source: “Just start with the licence plates and go from there–I don’t know what’s happened to those plates since, so be careful, maybe take out one letter or something…anyway, they’ll know you’re not kidding around and won’t be able to doubt you. No one has the plates info.”
Here is what they found Basi, that great criminal mastermind, doing during the first week of March 2004, when Clark and others were all but ignored.
See if you can spot the very serious crimes.
• taking his children to school
• having dinner with his family
• visiting his ailing mother
• shopping for groceries
• taking his son and daughter to a local ice cream parlour
Death penalty offences, right?
And here are the surveillance vehicles used (I’ve removed one letter or numeral to protect the innocent, in case those plates have been reassigned to civilians):
• Honda minivan (gold colour) Licence Plate: 029 DJ_
• Mazda 6 (silver) Licence Plate: 98_ JAD
• Volvo station wagon (pewter) 905 _CM
• Honda Pilot (black) 662 H_G
So engrossed were the cops in the major crimes Basi was committing while free to roam the quiet countrysides of Oak Bay to Esquimalt and Fairfield to Saanich, that the same RCMP Special ‘O’ came around for a second look, this time during the first week of June 2004.
Truth be told–and all kidding aside, they were worried they didn’t have enough on Basi or Virk.
Here’s what they found this time:
• Basi taking his daughter to Dairy Queen
• Virk going to the barber
• Basi and his wife visiting relatives including his mother
• Basi taking his mother to a doctor’s appointment
• Basi collecting his daughter from T-Ball practice
• Basi and Virk traveling to the apartment of former BC Liberal MLA and eventual Attorney General Barry Penner
The cars used were the same as above, except for the addition of a Nissan Maxima. Licence plate: 379 EC_
What were they looking for again?
RCMP Source: “Christy Clark and Bruce Clark were under strong suspicion of still having contact with their friends Dave Basi and Bob Virk. We were looking for a link to information that had gone or was still going from either Clark to Brian Kieran or Jamie Elmhirst, who we only discovered late in the game was also one of Christy Clark’s close friends, along with Bornmann and Kieran. If anyone doubts you on this, demand that the court releases disclosure documents presented to the defence during 2007/8/9, which include Christy Clark’s name and her brother’s name, as persons of interest where the dissemination of government information to Brian Kieran and Jamie Elmhirst is concerned. Basi and Virk were long gone from government. Where were the Pilothouse guys getting such information from and what for? There were still matters related to the sale of BC Rail that were being worked out that could have benefitted all of them. Pilothouse’s client lost out on the sale and consolation prize. We were looking at other possible consolation prizes. Christy Clark was in constant touch with all those people. She raised the alarm for quite a few people. I personally know she was a lot more involved than she claims. And I was surprised when she lied to the press about it before the leadership race. She’s tried to stop the Auditor General from getting full cooperation in uncovering the $6,000,000 deal, we know this from government sources. I found that all really strange so I’m speaking out now. Her behavior is that of someone who definitely has something to hide and has some of us wondering why we didn’t press her hard at the time of the sale. With her friends in the press, she’s managed to deflect the real story so far. You have to ask yourself why…that’s why I’m giving you this information. She’s hiding a lot, no doubt about it. You should have all the information and judge for yourself.”
And so should all of you.
After there has been a full public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail and Christy Clark has been put on the stand in front of a judge to answer the burning questions that clearly remain.
Along with Gordon Campbell, Patrick Kinsella (and again), Kelly Reichert, David McLean and Gary Collins; it should be done to scatter the exceedingly dark clouds above this government. No judgments, of course, just honest answers, please.
After all, who wouldn’t volunteer for such an exercise?
It’s not like there’s anything to hide.