Prime directive?

On July 9, 2004 the Prince George Citizen's Gordon Hoekstra reported Prince George-Peace River parliamentarian Jay Hill didn't believe the federal government should interfere with the Campbell administration's decision to privatize British Columbia Railway Co.'s line. Nevertheless, six months earlier, Mr. Hill wrote a letter to the competition bureau - which was then reviewing the sale - to "apply the broadest possible application in consulting with all stakeholders before arriving at your determination."

He also suggested the bureau "consider the possibility of holding a hearing on this issue in Prince George to enable the many concerned citizens the opportunity personally express their views."

And, on March 15, 2004, Mr. Hill wrote to Premier Gordon Campbell advising him of that letter and to "personally convey" the "great concern" felt by a "number of constituents" regarding the British Columbia Railway sell-off.

The messages were part of records obtained by legislature raid trial defense lawyers and released by the provincial New Democrats. On July 2, 2004, the competition bureau approved that sell-off.

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