Yesterday, defense lawyer Kevin McCullough claimed that a call-in show segment featuring former premier Bill Vander Zalm was targetted as part of the provincial Liberal's alleged media manipulation acitivites. Reading from a police synopsis of a wiretap discussion between former senior government aide David Basi and then government caucus communications director Mike McDonald, Mr. McCullough stated, "Dave says they are going to give Vander Zalm a rough ride. (Mike) tells Dave to be careful, they don't want the phone numbers showing up from (government lines in) Victoria. Dave replies, 'Star 67, man.'" This, according to The Globe and Mail's Mark Hume. So what does Mr. Vander Zalm have to say about that report?
"Oh my goodness, can you believe it?" he said, upon hearing the news. "Well, what can I say. Having been in politics and watching it from the outside I've become extremely cynical. I'm not totally surprised. But, frankly, it's terribly disappointing to think that people in government...would spend their time calling a call-in show to make political points. It's terrible." Mr. Vander Zalm added he wasn't aware of any similar activities occuring while he was premier.