[quote=“DWhite”]Here is Rafe Mair’s take.
The law is abundantly clear on the test to be applied: here is the oft cited aphorism of Lord Hewart from Rex v. Sussex Justices; Ex parte McCarthy:
“… it is not merely of some importance but is of fundamental importance, that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.”
As a consequence of this “deal” these things have happened:
Basi and Virk, on very serious cases which one would think should have brought serious consequences, plead guilty as charged but all but get off scot free.
Gary Collins, then Minister in charge of the “lease” of BC Rail to CN, does not have to give evidence
Gordon Campbell will not have to testify which, considering his difficulty with the truth in other matters, avoids what for him might take considerable exertion
A case bringing more and more uncomfortable evidence by the day for the Campbell government is suddenly over
What really happened in this matter can only be speculated upon
I leave it with you, the citizens of British Columbia - was the settled test as enunciated by Lord Justice Hewitt, namely, “justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done” met in this case?
I doubt that even the 9% of the public that supports Mr. Campbell would think that it was.
The whole article is here. pacificfreepress.com/news/1- … -virk.html
And this was written before the non-disclosure agreement. I am shocked and disgusted beyond words. It makes the implementation of the HST look tame and I was angry about that. I am not sure how low these guys can sink and I don’t mean in the polls.[/quote]
with any luck 6’ under.