The power way behind the throne

He's been referred to as the "gatekeeper" and the "mastermind." But despite his reported influence within the provincial government, the Premier Gordon Campbell's chief of staff Martyn Brown - who took to the witness stand during the opening week of the Basi-Virk trial - has received scant mention in the press. According to a search of the Canadian Newsstand database, his name has appeared on newsprint just 255 times since the Liberals won the 2001 election. And, during that time, he's been the subject of just one comprehensive profile piece - a 3,045 word article written by the Times Colonist's Jody Patterson - which Mr. Brown declined to participate in. "I'm not elected," he told the columnist. "I don't think it's the role of staff to be talking about themselves or their role in government." But that's exactly what he'll be doing today, as his testimony continue in the Basi-Virk trial continue. The following is a complete list of the Mr. Brown mentions in the newspapers archived by Canadian Newsstand.

Martyn Brown's press appearances

2001 - 19 documents (from May 16)
2002 - 7 documents
2003 - 8 documents
2004 - 94 documents
2005 - 22 documents
2006 - 14 documents
2007 - 1 document
2008 - 11 documents
2009 - 36 documents
2010 - 43 documents

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