Monday, May 7, 2012

Adrian Dix's backdating memo versus Graham Whitmarsh's backdating $6 million in Indemniting of Basi/Virk: How will the public's disdain be rated for the BC NDP versus the BC Liberals?


dis·dain/disˈdān/

Noun:
The feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt.

Verb:
Consider to be unworthy of one's consideration.


In the Vancouver Sun this morning, Vaughn Palmer's column, all is explained, finally, as to how two highly paid  Deputy Ministers, (not the Ministers' responsible though) for the Attorney General and the Finance portfolio, were able to change the Indemnity clause, on a technicality.

The BC Liberals has reminded the public of Adrian Dix's backdating of a memo to protect his boss, Premier Glen Clark in the 1990's.  Premier Christy Clark's effort to take the heat away from the bungling BC Liberals forays of Campbell's Finance Minister Colin Hansen, by his oft quoted saying of Not-On-My-Radar failure, further doomed the HST, all of which has Christy trying to gain a foot hold in swaying voters back to her fold by any means, just won't do.

Might have worked, except the BC Rail Trial fiasco was rolling down its tracks, with a slight diversion of an HST which really put the BC Liberals on a path of being booted out of Office, finally.

Its this latest twist, successive Ministers of the Attorney General's office, de Jong, Penner and Bond, being unable to explain to the public just how Basi and Virk escaped from a locked closet called the Indemnity clause, written to ensure that the public would be guaranteed a return of taxpayers dollars if a public servant breached our Trust.  If found guilty, they would pay the price, doubly so, once by a fair sentence handed down by the justices system, secondly by paying their lawyers with their own means, even if it meant selling their assets.


What Adrian Dix did,  back in the 1990's, to the latest Translink "I had a valid FareSaver Card", which Christy Clark and her desperate-MLA's-seeking-help-in-the-polls logic, thinking the latter of Fare evasion is equivalent to the backdating of a memo........was nothing more than making a Mountain out of a Mole hill.

Christy Clark, not-on-your-watch Gordon Campbell was at the helm of the BC Liberals when this loop hole was found to take the heat off his government, and GET a Plea from the Basi and Virk.... but EVERYONE is going to remember it was Christy Clark who refused to give the public the answers.

Christy Clark may not have been there when the Two Deputies signed off on the Indemnity clause, but it was Christy Clark who retained the Two Deputies until now.  The Deputy for the Attorney General's Office is moving on under his own steam.

The problem, as I see it, the BC Liberals will forever be viewed as having bought Justice off, Justice was not seen to be done in the case of the BC Rail Trial, and all because they found someone to back date a memo of Indemnity!

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Update: May 7, 2012    Check out  Fourth result down.... Johns Blog    johnvandongen.ca...etc all he has is a Privacy statement, but there was this:

5 days ago – These specific limits are put in place under section 18 of the act. ... ask the Attorney General, which section of the Financial Administration Act or ...


  1. CanLII - Forgiveness of Debts and Obligations Regulation, BC Reg ...

    www.canlii.org › Home › British Columbia › Statutes and Regulations
    "debt or obligation" means a debt or obligation to which section 18 of the Financial Administration Act applies. [am. B.C. Regs. 182/99, s. (a); 134/2000; 172/2008 ...
  2. Forgiveness of Debts and Obligations Regulation

    www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/20_269_92
    24 Jul 1992 – "debt or obligation" means a debt or obligation to which section 18 of the Financial Administration Act applies. [am. B.C. Regs. 182/99, s.
  3. Financial Administration Act - BC Laws

    www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_96138_01
    "Minister of Finance" means the minister who has administration of this Act; ..... loaned, invested or dealt with under section 4.2, 14 (2), 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, ...
  4. Johns Blog

    johnvandongen.ca/johnsblog/blog_commento.asp?blog_id=17
    5 days ago – These specific limits are put in place under section 18 of the act. ... ask the Attorney General, which section of the Financial Administration Act or ...
    From Result Number 1, the pecking order of who gets to sign off on indemnity says something quite different:
    There's two others who could have signed the Indemnity on Basi and Virk away

    Column 1 Column 2
    Item Persons who may approve Debt or obligation
    1 Minister of Finance
    Deputy Minister of Finance
    Comptroller General, Ministry of Finance
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate and Ministry Support Services Division, Ministry of Finance
    Debt or obligation if the total amount of
    principal and interest to be forgiven under a
    settlement agreement is not more than $100 000
    2 any of the persons listed in Item 1, or the director of the branch Debt or obligation if the total amount of
    principal and interest to be forgiven under a
    settlement agreement is not more than $50 000
    3 any of the persons listed in Items 1 and 2, or a manager or a collection officer of the branch Debt or obligation if the total amount of
    principal and interest to be forgiven under a
    settlement agreement is not more than $25 000

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