Meetings for Orca Bay sale?

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Francesco Aquilini admitted in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday that he met "from time to time" with Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment's CEO because "it was "imperative I know about the business."

His Jan. 28, 2004 meeting with Stan McCammon upset Tom Gaglardi, according to plaintiffs' lawyer Murray Clemens. Gaglardi was leading a bid to buy the Vancouver Canucks and GM Place from John McCaw.

Clemens, representing jilted suitors Gaglardi and Ryan Beedie, said none of the trio was supposed to meet individually with the vendor unless others agreed. Aquilini said that was "not true."

Clemens said phone records showed Aquilini and Gaglardi spoke four times on Jan. 30, 2004. He said Gaglardi told Aquilini he was "upset" about the Jan. 28 meeting. "I can't recall," Aquilini said.

Court also heard that Aquilini met alone in November 2003 with B.C. finance minister Gary Collins. Aquilini said Collins told him the government was against a proposed surtax on players' income.

Aquilini said he missed a Dec. 24, 2003 Wedgewood Hotel meeting with Gaglardi, but he denied telling McCammon there was a meeting planned. Clemens said phone records showed they did speak and that McCammon subsequently e-mailed McCaw to tell him the Vancouver trio was planning to meet. "It was Christmas Eve," Aquilini said. "My family is more important than any business meeting."

The trial continues.


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