Tax payers paid big for Campbell's Olympic experience
By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER - British Columbia’s government paid at least $447,500 for rent, food and drinks at the Terminal City Club during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Premier Gordon Campbell’s agenda, obtained by QMI, shows he visited the posh private club for events on nine days: Young Presidents Organization (Feb. 12); Gov.-Gen. Michaelle Jean and Canadian Francophonie (Feb. 13); B.C. Spirit Committee chairs lunch (Feb. 14); Clean Energy reception (Feb. 15); Board of Trade Metro Cities Forum (Feb. 17); Global Business Leaders Forum (Feb. 22); YPO Olympic economic forum (Feb. 25), Gyeonggi province reception (Feb. 26); and Right to Play reception (Feb. 27).
On Feb. 11 Campbell was down the block at the Vancouver Club. He met with GE Energy CEO Alex Urquhart and dined with GE chairman Jeff Immelt in the private club rented by VANOC and the International Olympic Committee. On Feb. 27, Campbell was interviewed on NBC at the international broadcast centre between meetings with GE’s Olympic sponsorship president Peter Foss and NBC Olympics president Dick Ebersol. GE hosted a reception at the B.C. pavilion later that night.
GE sponsored the Robson Square ice rink, while the B.C. government spent $17.255 million for advertising on GE-owned NBC.