Today, Attorney General Wally Oppal continued to refuse to answer questions about what services British Columbia Railway Co. was paying for when it transferred $297,567 to former provincial Liberal co-chair Patrick Kinsella's companies between 2002 and 2005. The reason: according to the attorney general "the general issue arises out of what's taking place in the courtroom" - a reference to the legislature raid trial. But he gave no evidence that was the case, other than suggesting the publicly-available financial statements recording those payments could be part of the "overall number of documents that were a part of the trial."
In fact, speaking with reporters, Attorney General Oppal said he had "no knowledge of what took place" between British Columbia Railway and Mr. Kinsella's companies. But, when asked if he could find out if the issue was, in fact, before the courts. the attorney general responded, "No, I'm not going to find out...It's not my job to find out. That's something you people should do."
During the scrum, Attorney General Oppal also referenced wholly unsubstantiated New Democrat allegations - made in the legislature - that British Columbia Railway awarded Mr. Kinsella's companies untendered contracts. The Crown corporation hasn't responded to repeated requests for comment. Nor did Mr. Kinsella return a phone call by publication time. The following is a recording of that scrum.