Musings of Lives Lost; Days Lost; Our Loss
September 11th, 2001 was a strange day.
It was the due date for my son’s arrival–our first child–of three. My wife had been having contractions all the previous week–on and off, and we, as first time parents, weren’t sure what on earth would happen.
After September 11th transpired, we were justifiably devastated. I worked in New York, during the late nineties. It had become such a huge part of my life that we were considering moving there to honour a great job offer I’d received.
George was born on September 14th., on the day President Bush went to Ground Zero for yet another go around–the most celebrated of the three in that week.
The whole world stood at attention–arm in arm.
They died, but we all died a little, too.
It dawned on me that perhaps we might not have been prepared until after the fact. Setting aside the recriminations that most partisans have against the Bush Administration (mostly absurd objections), I began to think that it was a case of being too complacent for too long. As President Clinton put it, in a rare moment of complete clarity, “we’d all been in the same boat…this isn’t a time for partisanship, but partnership instead.”
I couldn’t help but think of this as I sat in Courtroom #32 of the Vancouver Law Courts building this morning. I was following the machinations over something so simple: The Basi-Virk indemnity agreement. Why are we still foaming about this?
If Christy Clark’s government has nothing to hide, then why not send it out into the pubic domain? Who are they really protecting?
So much foaming, I thought, over something so utterly facile: An agreement between two “convicted criminals” and us. What could be simpler? A wanting public and a willing government. Shouldn’t these go hand in hand?
It did in New York.
But apparently not here. Christy Clark doesn’t want you to see the agreement. She even pushed former Attorney-General Barry Penner to appeal the court’s decision to allow the Auditor-General access to some of the materials. She did so in Cabinet, with many high profile Cabinet Ministers present. NOT ONE, stepped in and asked her to stop.
They opted for their own political hides than protecting yours–the reverse of what should be an implicit contract between you and your public servants.
I watched as the various lawyers had their say. Making their appeals; and all I could think about was how the Premier’s ass is grass because of this one scandal–that will all come apart on her the second Basi or Virk can talk freely.
Or want to.
And how not one mainstream media outlet had anyone covering anything. Never mind the specifics of the court proceedings (which are always very dry), there wasn’t a soul looking at the issues raised. Although 24 hours’ Bill Tieleman was there Monday and CKNW’s Bob Mackin was there both days.
While this was going on, three different lunches were about to take place between some very prominent Vancouver business people. Armed with polling showing the BC NDP vulnerable in many key constituencies, they are meeting to replace the Premier. They’re sick of her and her whole crew–believe me when I tell you this. They won’t write cheques. She won’t see any support.
The drums beat in the distance, but only for now.
Christy is in real trouble. While I can’t tell you who these men are, I can tell you that they will move against her soon. It’s only a matter of finding the right candidate to unite under and get rid of her.
Other than David McLean, she has NO ONE that is a guarantee in the money department for the next battle. That has to hurt.
Nevertheless, I’m still compiling information…stay tuned. It might take a couple extra days, but rest assured, Christy has a world class headache coming. I don’t want to give you anything unless I know for certain it’s there. I need to speak to several participants from yesterday’s meetings. That won’t happen until later today.
She’s in real trouble, believe me. If she manages to stay, it will be the suffering of her life–the mother of all defeats.
And then there’s me…and further ‘Basi-Virk’ documents forthcoming…maybe she’ll move to China…
Stay tuned…lots ont he way.
So…there is a new group called ‘Friends of John Cummins’. And they’ve been hitting the airwaves. It is to laugh. I’ll be back later today with more on the above and a review of a superb column by Les Leyne and then I’ll decipher the BC Conservative nonsense coming from their leader and his disciples.
Enjoy the sun.