Earlier, federal Liberal provocateur Jonathan Ross reported former Pilothouse Public Affairs Inc. lobbyist Erik Bornman is articling at McCarthy Tetrault LLP's Toronto offices. Of course, our astute readers will know this is the same Mr. Bornman who is alleged, according to search warrant documents released yesterday, to have "had contact with BASI and received information and documents from BASI in exchange for payments which were made to Aneal BASI for forwarding to David BASI," who was once the most powerful ministerial assistant in the Campbell administration. So we thought we might phone McCarthy Tetrault to see if the powerhouse law firm had any comment concerning those recent allegations. The emailed response from the firm's communications director Doug Maybee: "As your inquiry relates to a matter that is before the courts in BC, we feel it is inappropriate to comment." Further inquiries in a phone interview didn't illicit a different answer. Previously, Pilothouse partner Brian Kieran stated on September 11, 2004 that Mr. Bornman had been informed by police "that he was not under investigation." A call placed to Mr. Bornman, who is a potential Crown witness, hasn't been returned. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Maybee's email.
From: Maybee, Doug
Sent: 04 April 2006 14:30
Subject: McCarthy Tetrault
As your inquiry relates to a matter that is before the courts in BC, we feel it is inappropriate to comment.
Director of Communications