Latest revelation surrounding Basi-Virk documents shows need for B.C. Rail inquiry

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VICTORIA — The admission by the Liberal government’s legal team that they were in possession of documents related to the decision to pay $6 million in legal bills for Dave Basi and Bobby Virk, that they previously claimed did not exist is yet another reason we need a full B.C. Rail inquiry, says New Democrat justice critic Leonard Krog.

“If a B.C. Rail inquiry had been called from the beginning, we would have long ago gotten to the bottom of this,” said Krog. “Instead the Liberals continue to drag their feet and the people of British Columbia still don’t have the full story behind the sale of B.C. Rail or know why Liberal insiders were handed $6 million in legal fees before they pled guilty.”

Krog noted that a government lawyer, involved in wrangling with the Auditor General over documents related to the decision to pay $6 million in legal bills for Dave Basi and Bobby Virk, admitted Monday that he did in fact have documents that he had told the court didn’t exist.

“This ongoing saga of delays and procedural stonewalling shows that a public inquiry is the only way that British Columbians will get the full story of why the legislature was raided, why the government decided to ignore their own indemnity policy in the case of Basi and Virk, and whether the sale of B.C. Rail was corrupt,” said Krog.

Adrian Dix and the B.C. New Democrats have consistently called for a full public inquiry into the sale of B.C. Rail.