The B.C. Liberals continued to dodge questions about the Basi Virk scandal and the wasting of $6 million of taxpayers’ money on their legal bills in Question Period this week.
Sparked by public outrage over learning that taxpayers were on the hook for the $6 million legal bills of convicted Liberal staffers in the B.C. Rail corruption trial, Dr. Stephen Toope was appointed to look at government’s indemnity policy. Despite a commitment from Premier Christy Clark that a number of questions
she raised as a talk show host could be answered by Toope, that did not happen.
The Toope report, released publicly on Nov. 10, shed no new light on why the government violated its own indemnification rules in the matter. As it turned out, on the very same day the report was released, the Auditor General was filing a petition in the Supreme Court of B.C. to force the Liberals to release more documents so he can complete his own review into the $6 million payout.
Somehow, Attorney General Shirley Bond insisted in Question Period that the Liberals are "cooperating" with the Auditor General, even as court proceedings continue. Bond was also required to withdraw comments made in response to John Horgan during one of the many heated exchanges. http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/39th4th/h11116y.htm#32
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