B.C. Hydro spent $46K on Olympic burgers, beer

Crown corporation could be in hot water

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency



VANCOUVER - British Columbia's taxpayer-owned power company bought $46,600 of food and drinks at its General Motors Place luxury suite during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The figure was contained in BC Hydro's response to a QMI Freedom of Information request about expenses for the Crown corporation's $264,000 luxury suite.

The taxpayer-owned utility released the names of staff hosts at hockey games, but not the names of invitees and their guests. Hydro claimed it was protecting personal privacy.

Hydro said the suite was used by residential contest winners and corporate clients and only one executive attended games. Guests for the Feb. 25 women’s gold medal game were from Best Buy, Sony Canada, Coast Appliances, Rona, Aragon, Polygon, Solterra, LG and Future Shop.

“There’s lots of potential for abuse, we have a right to know,” said NDP Olympics critic Kathy Corrigan. “If people are accepting tickets from the government, for an Olympic event, they should expect that their names be made public.”

A list of suites for the Feb. 28 men’s gold medal hockey game obtained by QMI showed Hydro was in suite 247. Suiteholders also included the B.C. government (213), District of West Vancouver (233), Province of Alberta (276), Port Metro Vancouver (501) and Four Host First Nations (520).

Olympic Village developer Millennium Water Development, which was bailed out by City of Vancouver taxpayers, was in suite 510.

POLL