This morning, former ministerial assistant Bob Virk's lawyer Kevin McCullough read from an email allegedly sent on March 11, 2003 by the premier's press secretary Mike Morton to then senior political aide David Basi. According to Mr. McCullough, the email stated, "Thanks Dave - I'll let the Premier know your team is in place, whereas MM's is not. The Premier will be on John McComb's show - there will be a call-in." That email is said to relate to defense claims of media manipulation on that part of the provincial Liberals. Asked for comment, Mr. Morton said, "Again, at this stage, it's before the court. And I'm absolutely not making any comment on anything that may be coming out of the courts."
"There's going to be so much...skuttlebutt that may come out, that will come out, that could be accurate, may not be accurate. And I'm not going to comment and the premier's not going to comment," he continued, adding that he and Premier Gordon Campbell will answer questions "at the end of the trial." Mr. Morton declined to comment on current media manipulation activities by the Liberals.