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Gary Collins, we hardly knew ye

It looks like we'll get to know former minister of Finance and current lobbyist Gary Collins a lot better in the next couple of weeks.

The talk of the BC Rail trial last Thursday was that Collins will be testifying this coming week.  I heard it from a reporter who heard it from Special Prosecutor Berardino.

With Michael Boulton most of the way through his cross of BC Rail Director Brian Kenning - perhaps more on that later - Collins may be up as early as Tuesday to begin his testimony.  He should be fairly well prepared.  The government may have been paying former Liberal Research Director Clark Roberts to monitor the trial on Collins behalf.

Expect a lot of cross-examination of Collins, starting as early as Thursday.  Here's what I'm interested in:  What happened between the time Ken Dobell saw key cabinet documents from the police investigation to Mr. Collin's surprise announcement weeks later that he wouldn't be running in the 2005 election?  But that's just one thing on a list of about 70.

Of course, as with anything in this over-plotted mystery, everything may change.

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