The B.C. NDP government’s opening ceremony for the new Abbotsford Law Courts on Feb. 4 was heavy on justice, but fell short in the truth department.
Citizens Services Minister Lisa Beare hosted the 23-minute live presentation via Zoom with remote speeches from Attorney General and Housing Minister David Eby, Matsqui First Nation Chief Alice McKay and Lisa Dawn Smith of the Metis Nation of B.C. and two chief justices (the Court of Appeal’s Rob Bauman and B.C. Supreme Court’s Chris Hinkson). It was the first opening ceremony for new B.C. infrastructure during the pandemic.
The climax was when Provincial Court Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie threw to Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.
Braun gave thanks to the provincial government and area BC Liberal MLA Mike de Jong, and boasted that the $152 million complex “plays a foundational role in our civic precinct and our growing city centre.”
Except, Braun was not outside the courthouse.
He was nowhere near the civic precinct or city centre.
theBreaker.news has confirmed that Braun traveled six kilometres away from city hall and the new courthouse, to Tradex, the Fraser Valley trade and exhibition centre, beside Abbotsford International Airport.
Braun was actually in the MS Productions studio where he read from a script, with the Provincial Court website photo of the courthouse appearing behind him.
Braun did not respond for comment.
The doors of the 14-room court complex opened Jan. 18.
Reporters were invited to watch on YouTube, but not allowed to ask questions.
It was, coincidentally, the day after two convicts connected to the Strathcona Park homeless protest camp in Vancouver were charged in the senseless beating death of innocent 78-year-old senior citizen, Ushe Singh.
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