NEWS RELEASE · 25th September 2012
BC Conservative Party
BC Conservatives join NDP and Greens in call for public inquiry into BC Rail sale
Inquiry costs to be included in BC Conservative election platform
September 25, 2012 -Langley- John Cummins, leader of the BC Conservative Party today pledged to support a public inquiry into the BC Liberal government's 2003 sale of BC Rail.
"Within weeks of being sworn into office, a BC Conservative government will initiate a public inquiry into the disastrous and scandal-plagued privatization of BC Rail," said Cummins.
"In the event that we are not elected to government, BC Conservative MLAs will unanimously support the newly-elected administration in establishing such an inquiry."
Cummins said that a fully-costed, BC Conservative Party election platform will include $8.5 million for a BC Rail public inquiry.
"We recognize that a public inquiry will be expensive," said Cummins. "But we believe that British Columbians deserve the truth, and that an inquiry is the only way to determine all of the facts regarding the sale of our former Crown corporation, the publicly-owned BC Rail."
The BC Conservative Leader noted that federal inquiries in recent years have cost between $15 million (the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care) and $100 million (the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities.)
"I believe our budgeted figure is appropriate and affordable," Cummins explained. "If it is necessary to find additional funds, they may be accessed from the 'contingencies' provision in the BC Conservatives' first provincial Budget."
Calls for a public inquiry into the sale of BC Rail also have been made by the New Democratic Party and the Green Party.
Not only support
Comment by Gary Edwards on 26th September 2012
A public inquiry should also include recommendations for charges to be laid against ALL those who perpetrated this scam. Are you reading this Christy? Not only people , Lawyers and MLA's but companies as well.
There should be no parameters. It should be open. and when they find we have been robbed the province should take back it's railway.