One of the crime scenes

Monday, July 06, 2009

We Have An

da Capo

Obfuscator in Chief

The Opposition Speaks!

BC Mary continues to have problems accessing the Legislature Raids, as a visitor or as the boss. So she forwarded some information to me in case I could post some of it, rather than just giving up, as logical as that may seem at times. Confronted with the ongoing criminality, obfuscation and especially galling, the apparent either complicity or lack of concern by the Loyal(?) Opposition, it becomes tempting to throw up one's hands and become another "What Me Worry" person. I can't help but entertain the notion, that as bad as things may be for the average British Columbian, they are still good enough for opposition party members that they don't really want to rock the boat. I can't help but suspect there may be far too much of the attitude "Go along to get along" going around!

The latest "bombshell" re: the BC Rail travesty seems to be that we are all crazy, the deal isn't secret and has been completely public for the last five years. Added to this is the notion that since the deal has been public and uncontested for five long years it must be perfectly legit. Now this really conflicts with my recollection of what I naturally assumed was reality, and it makes even the koot consider not bothering to even care anymore. But then that would be the perfect strategy for the cabal we know as the Campbell Gang to undertake, wouldn't it?

Mary recently received the following from one of the research assistants at Opposition HQ:
Hello Mary, I understand that you emailed asking for the BC Rail sale contracts .

Here are the links to the 2 agreements: the "Transaction Agreement" (the outright sale which the government rebrands on the link as the "Investment Partnership Agreement") and the "Revitalization Agreement or 990 year lease portion of the deal:

(altho the research assistant refers to TWO links in the paragraph above, only one is provided and the koot has no idea what's going on with that....koot)

(FYI, there was also a third agreement called the Consent Agreement that came out when the federal Competition Bureau signed off on the deal on July 2, 2004 but it is not on this provincial website.)

You can also access the 2 main agreements on the Legislative Library website:

The Transaction Agreement:

The Revitalization Agreement:

The Campbell government only released these publicly under pressure/in response to our FOI back in 2004, and then posted them in their heavily severed version on the website.

We continue to push the government to come clean on the deal they gave CN and release the full text of the agreements.

So that last sentence kinda forces me to ask yet again - IS THE AGREEMENT REALLY PUBLIC - OR NOT? I assume by "severed version" the r.a. is just trying to use bigger words than necessary and means cut, or more accurately perhaps "redacted," but then again, I can't even figure out what the loyal opposition opposes!

crossposted at The Legislature Raids


Blogger Gary E said...

One would think, Koot, that a heavily "severed" (blacked out) version was not complete. Ergo, the document is not public as it is incomplete.
My thanks to the research assistant for getting this document out but why wasn't this done in 04? Why do people have to constantly ask for public documents? And why aren't the MSM all over this like white on rice?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 6:55:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Leah said...

My sentiments exactly Gary!

Those documents are Useless, they tell half the story. Half of nothing is still nothing.

I'd like to know why the O.O. is accepting those documents at all?! And where are Keith Baldrey, Vaughn Palmer and Michael Smyth...yakking Olympics instead of paying attention. Or perhaps that's the idea, keep people focused on something trivial and they'll forget what we're really doing. Grrrrrrrrrrr...

Thanks Koot, for all you do.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BC Mary said...

Hey, it's me, Koot ... back in business at last.

Somehow I didn't really entirely exactly believe that Gordo's Gang was out to hurt my blog ... so I waited. I could post (with difficulty). I could OK the incoming comments. But I couldn't reply to the comments. Others were having similar problems. So I kinda took a little holiday.

Many thanks indeed for stepping in and trying to sort things out.

And now we have July 14, 2009 looming up like we're the Titanic and it's the iceberg.

Have you noticed that bits and pieces of the Campbell Dream have started falling off ... right in plain view?

Today, in The Globe and Mail, it was a really weird story about "Indian Territory" and what sounds like another one of Gordo's amazing new legislation ideas: Nisga'a Landholding Transaction Act which is a fancy way of saying that he may have figured out how to get more First Nations lands into private development.

I don't think Gordo is going to go to Heaven when his time comes.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 9:39:00 PM PDT  

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