What was former provincial Liberal campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella's involvement in the 2003 privatization of BC Hydro Corp.'s back-office services? That's what the New Democrats legislators John Horgan and Mike Farnworth wanted to know in the legislature today. At issue: a resume, obtained by Public Eye last year, in which Mr. Kinsella's firm states it worked with Accenture Business Services to develop "a comprehensive marketing plan" and a "very broad government-relations plan" that helped get the company that $1.45 billion deal.
Attorney General Wally Oppal refused to answer that question because the "matter of B.C. Rail, the matter of Patrick Kinsella, is before the Supreme Court of British Columbia" - a reference to the legislature raid trial. But, when it became evident the Accenture deal wasn't a matter before the court, the attorney general refused to answer Mr. Farnworth's inquiries because "I know nothing about that deal, but I do know...that all the other matters that the member refers to are before the courts, and I'm not going to answer them."
And he got testy with The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer and The Globe and Mail's Gary Mason when pressed outside the legislature about the government's continued refusal to answer questions about Mr. Kinsella. The following is a recording of that scrum, in which the attorney general initially responds to an inquiry about Mr. Kinsella's involvement in the Accenture deal.