It has been more than six years since uniformed RCMP officers armed with search warrants entered British Columbia’s legislature building and carted away heavy boxes laden with confidential documents.

Today, voters may finally get some answers about the unprecedented search as a trial gets underway for three government employees accused of corruption.

“It’s a long time ago, but it remains significant in the minds of the B.C. public, in large part because of the very powerful imagery of the raid,” said Norman Ruff, a political science professor at the University of Victoria.

When the smoke had cleared, former ministerial aides Bobbi Virk and Dave Basi stood charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes. The pair is accused of leaking information about the $1-billion sale of Crown-owned B.C. Rail to Canadian National in exchange for money and other benefits.

Basi’s cousin, Aneal Basi, a communications officer, is charged with money laundering.

The Opposition New Democrats say the outcome could be critical during the 2013 provincial election.

“Unlike question period in the house, when you’re in the stand in a courtroom you’ll have to answer the questions,” said Leonard Krog, NDP critic for the attorney general’s ministry.

“It has the potential to bring down this premier and his government.”