‘EXCLUSIVE’ BREAKING NEWS: Christy Clark Lied About Her Involvement in Cabinet Discussions Regarding the Direction of BC Rail
Recall, if you will, some weeks ago, when I released a memo-to-file written by David Basi, and authenticated by his Victoria-based lawyer George Jones, QC.
In it, Basi noted–at a time when he didn’t know an investigation and subsequent charges would ensue, that Christy Clark was a serial leaker of Cabinet intel to Erik Bonrmann, a man who at the time was bribing Basi for any kind of information. Bornmann was the closest lobbyist to Clark and Clark was the closest government member to Bornmann–no one was closer. Basi contended that the then Deputy Premier had essentially committed a breach of trust.
The Premier went ballistic. “Consider the source!” she exclaimed. Basi is “a convicted criminal.” And he “admitted to doing the very same thing” he was accusing the Premier of doing when she was the Deputy Premier. She didn’t happen to mention that, during that time, Basi and Virk were her two top political lieutenants, but we know it’s true. Don’t we? Basi, Virk and several top local federal Liberal and BC Liberal lieutenants have confirmed this for me.
Then, after Christy’s tirade, the Premier’s Ottawa-trained terrier-poodle cross, Sara MacIntyre, let loose on me. She actually sent out a (defamatory) email (interrupted only to switch the gum from one side of her mouth to the other) to various members of the media, trying to discredit me because I used hard (and entirely accurate) words with which to describe the political insanity of her boss. I was reminded of the objections by Henry Kissenger staffers and loyalists, when the late Christopher Hitchens once referred to a specific part of Kissenger’s tenure as Secretary of State, as “demonstrable, utterly obvious war crimes.” But I digress.
The main thrust of the Team Christy was to discredit the source(s) with contrived slanders and lies. That Basi wrote of how she was leaking Cabinet intel to Bornmann and Kieran and how she was intimately involved in working inside government to move the bid into OmniTRAX’s lap, was just the ravings of a criminal loon. Nothing here folks, please move along.
Clark herself, told Mike Smyth on CKNW in January of 2011, that she never had anything to do with “the direction of the sale of BC Rail, ever, those are just accusations on the Internet”. She chided Mike Smyth for “character assassination” and when he confronted her with other court documents I released at that time–clearly showing that she was not only involved, but even receiving briefing notes to take into Cabinet, she said, “(Alex Tsakumis) has no credibility.”
At the same time, she repeated those denials to Marisa Thomas of Global Television as well.
So, for the kids in class keeping score: I have no credibility, because the court documents are fakes and I’m mean to her; Basi is a liar and Mike Smyth, bless him, was on a witch hunt to sully her good name.
What good name???
Christy never had anything to do do with manipulating the sale of BC Rail inside government. Did you all get that? Never, ever.
Well, what if those very same accusations are revealed in a document written by her close friend Brian Kieran and admitted briber of public officials, Erik Bornmann? Are they liars, too? Because the RCMP considered them so credible, they staked their entire case against Dave Basi and Bob Virk on the word of Kieran and particularly Bornmann.
In a province-wide exclusive, I’ve obtained just that. Below, please find a document authored by Brian Kieran and Erik Bornmann when they were still partners at Pilothouse Public Affairs. It is stamped by the RCMP investigation unit and was part of the 17,000 pages of evidence collected during the preliminary investigation phase of the Basi-Virk trial.
No one, outside of the two sides involved in the trial and the RCMP have ever seen this document. You, the public, are viewing it for the very first time.
Please click on the link, here and have a look at what Christy Clark doesn’t want you to see.
Now, tell us again, Christy, how you weren’t ever involved in any Cabinet discussion regarding the sale of BC Rail. Someone please tell me how Gary Collins in his interview with the RCMP repeated this claim, but with this document staring them straight in the face, the police did NOTHING to interview the then Deputy Premier Christy Clark.
She was clearly wanting the bid to go to her friends with OmniTRAX, Brian Kieran, Erik Bornmann and later Jamie Elmhirst. One OmniTRAX executive, Gary Rennick, told Brian Kieran (this is in his first interview with the RCMP) that they’d be receiving a $250,000 bonus for the winning bid landing with OmniTRAX. Did they tell their pal Christy?
What was Christy doing going after Judith Reid in that presentation?
Christy has been telling us, forever and a day, that she exercised her duties “spotlessly” and never once committed to anything close to speaking about the sale in Cabinet. She never did anything offside, she claims.
Then why so brazenly LIE about her Cabinet involvement in trying to direct the sale away from CN, and, logically, to the only other qualified budder–OmniTRAX?
And why on earth would she be shilling for OmniTRAX? Basi and Virk were THOROUGHLY investigated in the beginning for doing PRECISELY THAT. The mountain of evidence I’ve presented just on this blog, against Clark, should have had the RCMP falling all over themselves to, at least, investigate her actions.
Of course, the Premier’s team of deflectors will tell you that she was simply trying to level the playing field for all bidders and was favouring no one. So are they then admitting the fix was in for CN? Why else would she object? It can’t be both!
Whatever the spin, it’ll all be pure, unadulterated Mike Morton-crafted bunk. This Kieran-Bronmann memo is completely in line with Basi’s accusations that Clark was an instrument of Pilothouse and the information highway of Cabinet and government level intel, was endless. Clark went after Reid in the hopes of bolstering the chances of her pals, who were the PR hacks for OmniTRAX. That’s exactly why she intervened.
Here is Basi’s memo again.
And the link for those needing it, here.
I guess the Premier’s going to have to apologize for lying to Mike Smyth and CKNW. She did indeed intervene in Cabinet. Why did she say she didn’t? Only Christy knows why she would commit to such a lie. And she did so in the Legislature as well! Vaughn Palmer covered her statement. She stood in the Legislature and said she was an arm’s length from it all. Really Christy? I guess Brian and Erik, your buddy, are liars, too? You’re the only one telling the truth? Of course…
But notice a few other interesting items in the Kieran-Bornmann memo? Geoff Plant, then Attorney-General, committed to an unusual display of partisanship and editorializing in a Cabinet meeting (if he really understood the independence of the job he then held, he would have kept his mouth shut in Cabinet and spoken to the Premier, then Gordon Campbell, privately). Why would Plant go after Reid like that?
Did you also notice in the Kieran-Bornmann memo the dedication to the discussion of tax pools? That’s the topic Christy cornered Bob Virk about, many times, in the hallways of the Legislature and in his office. Don’t know about that? Well, you will–if a public inquiry takes place, because you’re going to hear Virk on the stand telling you EXACTLY THAT–that Clark was constantly offering “inside” advice and exchanging intel, plus clearly biased, in favour of OmniTRAX.
In addition, and perhaps most tellingly, Kieran and Bornmann have INSIDE THE CABINET ROOM knowledge of issue-specific discussions–their entire memo makes that crystal clear. Astounding access! Also, they know intimate details of what was happening inside the bid committee room!
Unfettered access to the highest level in the BC Liberal government. That could have only come from someone at the top.
Who was their closest Cabinet friend? Who did Bornman and Elmhirst answer to politically–both federally and provincially? To whose federal Liberal political machine did Bornmann belong? Who did Kieran write to or call to get inside Cabinet intel, when his buddy Erik wasn’t calling her, meeting with her, or coincidentally bumping into her at the Helijet?
Why, the same woman wearing the red scarf in the video below. The very same woman who clearly lied to you, as well as CKNW and Global Television.
And after cheating to win the leadership, she’s now the Premier.
Aren’t you proud, British Columbia?
Watch the now painfully obvious Clark lies, once more, and then go back and read both Basi’s memo and the one authored by Kieran and Bornmann.
Christy never took part in Cabinet discussions, ever. Nope, no way, not her. Lily white, our Prom Queen.
What a contemptible fool she is.
What’s Christy going to do now? Call Kieran and Bornmann liars, too?
Because the RCMP hung the entire case against Basi and Virk on the testimony of Kieran and Bornmann. So, if they’re liars, I guess Basi and Virk were wrongly “convicted,” eh, Christy? That can’t be both ways,either.
The Christy Clark motto: If at first you don’t succeed, lie and lie again.
What a disgrace!