Bogged down in legalities

Today, the provincial New Democrats accused the Campbell administration of doing party fundraising work out of then finance minister Gary Collins office. At issue: in March 2003, Sharon Derksen, an assistant working for Clark Wilson LLP senior partner and Liberal fundraiser Lyall Knott, sent a facsimile to the minister's office that included names and contact information for those who attended a $500 per ticket party event hosted by Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment Ltd. The New Democrats allege the minister's office subsequently prepared letters thanking ticket buyers. But the Liberals refused to answer questions about that document because it was first obtained by legislature raid trial defence lawyers. Here's what Attorney General Wally Oppal had to say.

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