Shout out for BC Mary and other coverage of the BC Rail trial
On May 18, 2010, the BC Rail corruption trial finally began, over six years after police raided the BC Legislature for government corruption in December 28, 2003. Unsurprisingly, this trial has been surrounded by startling allegations of conspiracy against BC Liberal leaders like Premier Gordon Campbell, and by heated conversation between the prosecutors and the defenders.
Financial connections have been allegedly uncovered between those under trial--Dave Basi, Aneal Basi, and Bobby Virk--CN Rail chairman David McLean, and Premier Campbell. However, the trial has been mainly about whether or not such connections influenced the sale of BC Rail to CN Rail.
However, amidst the lack of open information and widespread accusations, one individual has managed to maintain an incredibly informative blog on this controversial issue: BC Mary, an internet blogger who despite retaining her anonymity has become a trusted source. In her blog named The Legislature Raids, she posts excerpts of the trial and fragments of newspaper articles discussing it. And more impressively, she has done this since the controversial issue emerged several years ago.
How BC Mary decides to present the information is important, as it serves to demonstrate to the reader the direction and tone the trial is taking. Consequently, for anyone who wants to find out for himself (or herself) more information about this topic, The Legislature Raids is the blog to visit.
However, BC Mary has not been the only one keeping the public notified on this issue and ensuring the openness of the trial. Others include Bill Tieleman, Tyee, Laila Yuile, Sean Holman from the Public Eye Online, Norman Farrell from the Northern Insights, and Ross K from the Gazetteer.