One of the crime scenes

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

As the Worm

Just Sliming thru the Sleaze

As usual, the NDP were Baaaaad in the House today. Mike DeJong chided them for "capitalizing" on the ongoing sleaze show that is the Kash Heed affair and the Stairmaster™ that is the office of Solicitor-General in a government with almost fifty members, none of whom are apparently qualified to be responsible for law enforcement in British Columbia. Of course the idea of "Law" in a jurisdiction run by the Campbell Crime Family is almost the dictionary definition of oxymoron. I guess the sometimes loyal opposition could have been more polite and not mentioned anything about the impropriety of the ongoing extravaganza of disrepect and hubris that is the government of Herr Campbell.

I have to admit, at least Ding Dong didn't try to claim privilege or that something (almost anything involving the Campbell government anymore) is before the courts. He even admitted, yes admitted, that something was wrong - but not them of course, the "process" had gone wrong, or failed.

Meanwhile according to Kash Heed stepping down as solicitor-general - again Kash Heed had mainly this to say:

"I'm confident I've done nothing wrong,"


"I'm confident that anyone that looks at the facts before them will come to the same understanding I've done nothing wrong," he added, saying he sees no reason to step aside.

Actually Mr. Heed has mentioned the fact that (according to him, anyway) he hasn't done anything wrong only about a gazillion times in the last month or so. Apparently the naive (no wonder he quit being a cop) Mr. Heed was a victim of bad behaviour by the nasty people he chose to run his campaign who distributed racially targetted pamphlets to the Chinese voters of Vancouver-Fraserview and quite likely exceeded campaign spending limits to have it printed and delivered. One can't really expect a so-called police officer of vast experience to like actually notice criminal activity happening around him - maybe if he were a female home-maker candidate or something.

Anyone in Southern BC who is exposed to American campaign advertising during US elections may recall that EVERY ad is accompanied by a line, usually at the end, stating the candidate's NAME and saying that he or she APPROVED that message. It's called accountability, and in the US it is the law. It never has been a law in Canada, because in Canada we USED to hold dear the quaint notion that the top guy (in this case the candidate) was accountable for the actions of his underlings, unless it could be proven that they were freelancing, and maybe not even in his best interests, but pursuing their own agenda, like say the accusations against David Basi.

Mr. Heed and his slimey boss the white haired prevaricator and adulterer both feel that Kash was exonerated by the special (compromised) prosecutor. However what Mr. Robertson said was:

"The evidence presented to me did not produce a substantial likelihood of conviction on the part of Mr. Heed,"

Not exactly the same thing as a glowing recommendation for a seat next to Saint Peter and the Son of God.

Meanwhile - Mr. Robertson who has done special prosecuting before, for then AG Wally Oppal in the Bountiful bag of over reaching boners, now finds himself facing possible discipline by the BC Law Society.

Meanwhile, the Law Society of B.C. confirmed Wednesday that it has opened an investigation into whether Robertson was in a conflict of interest.

"We are aware of the fact that special prosecutor Terry Robertson has resigned, of course, and we're going to investigate to ascertain if there has been any professional misconduct on his part that may warrant any action by the law society," said Stuart Cameron, the society's director of investigations

Perhaps his role as the third prosecutor who finally fulfilled StoneWally's fondest wishes should also be a part of the Law Society's review - it goes to establishing a pattern.

As far as this observer is concerned the question isn't whether or not Kash Heed should be Solicitor-General - the Question is does Kash Heed deserve to occupy the seat for Vancouver-Fraserview at all. If his slim margin of electoral victory was obtained by questionable means, involving a dozen criminal charges under the election act against his campaign manager and chief financial officer, it is difficult to justify his right to sit as the member from Vancouver-Fraserview.

Of course you have to be in a coma to not realize that the BC LIEberals only CHEAT if they have to in order to win!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herr Campbell has certainly set a new precedence for accountability among the political jet set. They never resign for anything, anymore. No matter what public pressure, they always claim innocence. The recent MLA who was caught for drinking and driving is a prime example. Just sweep it under the rug, and move along. This brings about new challenges for the voter.
We are going to need laws in place to force the MLA to resign their seat, and then we can get a by-election to replace them. Now we find ourselves waiting for them to 'do the right thing'. That just does not work, especially for Liberals.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:26:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Grant G said...

A good read Kootcoot...

Absolutely, Heed has to give up his seat, anything less is a crime accepted.

John Les is next, an announcement is coming soon.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 2:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Norman Farrell said...

I worry that citizens are being distracted from the larger issue of corrupt political financing. Liberals, under the guidance of Kinsella and other backroom boys, are experts in distraction and misdirection. These are troubled times for Campbell's party so they'd much rather we focused on a side issue and ignored the centrally controlled corruption that sees $20 million collected mostly from corporations and their principals who do business with the government. That's only the visible cash tracked through Elections BC. We can assume there is much more money flowing in both directions between Liberals and their friends. For example, those generous law firms pumping money into BC Liberal party funds are contractors paid huge sums directly by government departments and agencies and also by the clients doing business with the province.

Let us not get too bogged in a single donation of $1,000 when there are many millions in questionable payments to examine. Let's also remember that the dirty tricks in Heed's campaign were played in other ridings too. That suggests a broader party strategy was at work targeting ethnic groups in closely fought campaigns.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 6:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kootcoot said...

I agree with your point, re: the $1000. In fact in this post I don't think I even mentioned it. The main point of this post, which maybe I didn't write well enough to make clear is that to me the issue isn't whether or not Kash should be in cabinet. I don't think he should be an MLA unless it can be proven he was elected fairly.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7:09:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It only took 7.+ years to finally get to this point, now it's OUR, the people's turn!
"What goes round comes round"

Friday, May 7, 2010 at 9:07:00 AM PDT  

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