B.C. Premier a busy man at Olympics

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency



VANCOUVER - British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell was all over the place with his red mittens and Canada flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Campbell attended 22 ticketed events, according to his Games-time agenda obtained by QMI.

He was at the men’s and women’s hockey finals and eight other GM Place hockey games. Campbell attended eight B.C. Place Stadium ceremonies (including the opening and closing) and made one-off appearances at the Richmond Olympic Oval (Feb. 17), Whistler Creekside and Whistler Sliding Centre (Feb. 19) and Vancouver Olympic Centre (Feb. 26).

Campbell’s busiest day was Feb. 12 when his agenda listed 15 entries. He started the day on Grouse Mountain for NBC’s Today Show at 4:05 a.m., then he met California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Fairmont Pacific Rim at 6:15 a.m., before the “Governator” carried the Olympic flame in Stanley Park.

Campbell went from Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean’s afternoon heads of state reception at the Hotel Vancouver to B.C. Place Stadium for the opening ceremony. He ended his day at the “torch team reception” in The Cellar.

His slowest day was Feb. 21 when the U.S. vs. Canada men’s hockey game was the only agenda entry. His Feb. 22 get-together with transportation minister Shirley Bond and advanced education minister Moira Stilwell was the only meeting with his cabinet ministers during the Games.

Campbell appeared on eight days at the B.C. pavilion in the Vancouver Art Gallery and seven days at Robson Square and/or the B.C. Media Centre.

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