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Reporters aren't the only ones who get to attend the provincial government's budget lockups. Also on the invite list: groups with a vested interest in what government has put in its spending plans and how those plans get covered in the media. Like boys and girls at an elementary school dance, the stakeholders and reporters are kept apart until the finance minister finishes his briefing. And then the flirting begins, as many of those stakeholders rush to tell whoever will listen what they think about the budget. The following is a list of those groups who were scheduled to attend this year's lockup in Victoria, along with their designated representatives.

Arts Action BC - Pacific Opera Victoria, David Devan, general manager
Arts Action BC - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Jeff Alexander, executive director and president
Automotive Retailers Association of BC, Keith Bell, senior consultant
BC Agriculture Council, Steve Thomson, executive director and president
BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines, Dan Jepsen, executive director and president
BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines, Jim Gray, treasurer
BC Biotech, Natalie Dakers, past president
BC Career Colleges Association, Joy McLean, president
BC Career Colleges Association, Deirdre Pickerell, vice-president
BC Career Colleges Association, Edward Gavsie, director
BC Chamber of Commerce, John Winter, president and chief executive officer
BC Chamber of Commerce, Jon Garson, policy and development director
BC Chamber of Commerce, Robin Adair, committee representatives
BC College Presidents, Jim Reed, president
BC College Presidents, Ron MacDonald, representative
BC College Presidents, Lynea Carlson, representative
BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, Terri Watson, president
BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, Glenda Bilinski, vice-president
BC Conservation Foundation, John Holdstock, representative
BC Conservation Foundation, Shaun Hollingsworth, representative
BC Construction Association, Manley McLachlan, president
BC Federation of Foster Parents Association, Sheila Durnford, president
BC Federation of Foster Parents Association, Lyn York, treasurer
BC Federation of Foster Parents Association, Ellaine Asby, office manager
BC Federation of Labour, Jim Sinclair, president
BC Federation of Labour, Phillip Legg, policy director
BC Federation of Labour, Jessie Uppal, communications director
BC Government and Service Employees' Union, Stephen Howard, communications officer
BC Government and Service Employees' Union, Mike Eso, staff representative
BC Government and Service Employees' Union, Cliff Stainsby, research officer
BC Medical Association, Jim Aikman, economics director
BC Medical Association, Robert Hulyk, government relations manager
BC Nurses Union, Debra MacPherson, president
BC Nurses Union, Art Moses, communications and campaigns coordinator
BC Nurses Union, Peter Yao, research officer
BC Real Estate Association, Stephen Olmstead, government relations manager
BC Real Estate Association, Jim Bennett, government liaison
BC Road Bulders and Heavy Construction Association, Jack Davidson, president
BC Teachers' Federation, Nancy Knickerbocker, communications staff
BC Teachers' Federation, Jinny Sims, president
BC Teachers' Federation, Colleen Hawkey, research staff
BC Technology Industry Association, Cindy Pearson, representative
BC Wildlife Federation, Tony Toth, executive director
BC Wildlife Federation, David Whitemarsh, president
BC Wildlife Federation, Greg Sawchuck, vice-president
BC-Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council, Wayne Peppard, executive director
BC-Yukon Hotels' Association, Earl Wild, director
Bell Brooks and Associates, Mike Brooks, partner
Bell Mobility, David Hoff, western region government and corporate relations director
Business Council of BC, Jerry Lampert, president and chief executive officer
Business Council of BC, Jock Finlayson, senior policy vice-president
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Carol Frketich, regional economist
Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, Jim Waters, western region director
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Rob Carss, British Columbia operations manager
Fiscal Policy Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, David Daly, manager
Canadian Bankers' Association, Paul Griffin, regional director
Canadian Bar Association, Caroline Nevin, associate executive director
Canadian Bar Association, Meg Shaw Vice, president
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Shannon Daub, communications coordinator
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Marc Lee, economist
Canadian Chinese Consumers' Association, Francis Chen, director
BC and Yukon Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Laura Jones, vice-president
BC and Yukon Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Jared Kuehl, senior policy analyst
Canadian Federation of Students, Lisa MacLeod, chair
Canadian Federation of Students, Scott Payne, national executive representative
Canadian Federation of Students, Nathan Allen, research director
Canadian Homebuilders Association of BC, Peter Simpson, chief executive officer
Canadian Homebuilders Association of BC, Pat Caporale, president
BC Division Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Canada, Werner Knittel, vice-president
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Canada, Brad McDougall, partner
Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division), Beverly Gutray, executive director
Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division), Dr. Charles McCaffray, president
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378, David Black, executive board member
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378, Marilyn Bridges, executive board member
Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Sara MacIntyre, provincial director
Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Troy Lanigan, representative
Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Gaston Simoneau, representative
Caucus, Dale Steeves, senior communications officer
Caucus, Marc Coward, research officer
Caucus, Martyn Brown, government staff
Certified General Accountants of BC, Edward Downing, communications director
Certified General Accountants of BC, Bill Caulfield, executive director
Certified General Accountants of BC, Rita Estock, president
Certified General Accountants of BC, Moe Jones, first vice-president
Certified General Accountants of BC, Brian Kieran, government advisor
Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, Vinetta Peek, marketing and communications director
Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, Fred Zdan First, vice-president
Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, Matthew Haussmann, accreditation director
Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, Kim Willoughby, communications coordinator
Chinese Entrepreneurs Society of Canada, Tony Yuet, president
Chinese Entrepreneurs Society of Canada, Adrien S.M. Loh, vice-president
Chinese Entrepreneurs Society of Canada, David Choi, representative
Coast Forest Products Association, Rick Jeffery, president
Coast Forest Products Association, Sandra Bishop, consultant
Coast Forest Products Association, Ken Coach, consultant
Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC, Norma Wieland, president
Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC, Chris Petter, vice-president
Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC, Robert Clift, executive director
Council of Resource Community Mayors, Bruce Rozenhart, executive director
Council of Resource Community Mayors, Diane Jacques, director
Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of BC, Rudy Lawrence, president
Council of Tourism Associations, Mary Mahon Jones, executive officer
Council of Tourism Associations, Al Baydala, consultant
Council of Tourism Associations, Randy Wood, consultant
CUPE BC Division, Barry O'Neil, president
CUPE BC Division, Louise Leclair, communications representative
CUPE BC Division. Blair Redline Research, representative
Deloitte and Touche, BC, Mic Minhas, manager
Deloitte and Touche, BC, Darren Lu, senior partner
Direct Public Strategies, Brian Menzies, president
Farris and Company, Hector Mackay-Dunn, senior partner
Federation of Child and Family Services of BC, Craig Meredith, executive director
Federation of Child and Family Services of BC, Jim Fisher, strategic planning and research director
Federation of Child and Family Services of BC, Joanne Hurtig, communications director
Federation of Independent School Associations, Fred Herfst, executive director
First Dollar Alliance, Barbara Walker, founding director
First Dollar Alliance, Leanne Brunt, founding director
First Nations Summit, Edward John, political executive
Fraser Institute, Jason Clemens, fiscal studies director
Fraser Institute, Niels Veldhuis, senior research economist
Genome BC, Alan Winter, president and chief executive officer
GPC International, Allen Langdon, senior consultant
GPC International, Mark Reder, managing director
GPC International, Trac Tang, research consultant
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Carter, chief executive officer
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Steven Seltzer, communications director
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Dreilich, policy coordinator
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Jim Tighe, president
Green Party of BC, Adriane Carr, party leader
Green Party of BC, Don Toffaletto, communications director
Greenspirit Strategies, Tom Tevlin, president and chief executive officer
Greenspirit Strategies, Patrick Moore, chair
Health Sciences Association, Hans Brown, policy analyst
Hill and Knowlton, Mike Cunningham, account director
Hill and Knowlton, Naseem Nurnaey, account director
Hill and Knowlton, Marina Knez, consultant
Hospital Employees' Union, Fred Muzin, president
Hospital Employees' Union, Mike Old, communications director
Hospital Employees' Union, Mary LaPlante, representative
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC, Philip Hochstein, executive vice-president
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC, Gord Stewart, assistant vice-president
Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, Richard Rees, chief executive officer
Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, Barb Carle-Thiesson, president
Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, Michelle McCormick, manager
Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, Amed Naqvi First, vice-president
Investment Dealers Association of Canada, Ian Russell Senior, industry relations vice-president and Toronto representative
Investment Dealers Association of Canada, Glenn Knowles, Pacific region director
KPMG, Mark Worrall, associate partner
KPMG, Dave Denley, partner
Leading Edge BC, Dale Gann, Vancouver Island representative
Mining Association of BC, Michael McPhie, president and chief executive officer
Mining Association of BC, Brian Battison, communications director
National Public Relations, Michael Goehring, group manager
National Public Relations, Alex Pannu, manager
National Public Relations, Craig Fitzsimmons, manager
New Car Dealers of BC, Glen Ringdal, president and chief executive officer
New Car Dealers of BC, Jamie Elmhirst, representative
New Car Dealers of BC, Peter Kulyk, representative
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Greg Thomas, client services director
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Don Furney, representative
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Andrew Peck, president
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Harriet Permut, government relations manager
Retail BC, Mark Startup, president and chief executive officer
Retail BC, Sonja Stein, marketing and communications director
Retail BC, Victor Vrsnik, communications director
Retail Council of Canada and Coalition of BC Businesses, Kevin Evans, Western Canada vice-president and chair
Rosedeer Strategies, Mike McDonald, principal
Rosedeer Strategies, Susan Yurkovich, representative
Telus, Kim Chan, director
Truck Loggers Association, Jim Girvan, executive director
Union of BC Municipalities, Richard Taylor, executive director
Union of BC Municipalities, Alison McNeil, senior policy analyst
Union of BC Municipalities, Jared Wright, policy analyst
United Native Nations, George Holem, president
University Colleges of BC, David Ross, finance, resource and market development vice-president
University Colleges of BC, Roy Daykin, associate vice-president
University Colleges of BC, Barry Bompas, finance and employee services vice-president
University of British Columbia, Lee Hamilton, government relations
University of Victoria, Norman Ruff, associate political science professor
University Presidents' Council, Don Avison, president
University Presidents' Council, Blair Littler, vice-president
University Presidents' Council, Jim Soles, executive director
Urban Development Institute, Enser Maureen, executive director
Vancouver Board of Trade, Dave Park, assistant managing director and chief economist
Vancouver Regional Construction Association, Keith Sashaw, president

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Am I missing something? There doesn't appear to be anyone here from the Interior lumber and pulp producers, except perhaps the truck logger's association. There is no one from airlines, railroads, shipping or cruise lines, ports or airports, despite the much ballyhooed chatter in the Throne Speech about the "Gateway". And the face of BC high tech, George Hunter, was apparently not there, now was there anyone from the film, TV or animation companies. And while there were several lobbyists, there were no representatives of either Pilothouse or Paul Martin's Earnscliffe Group in the room.

Someone who was there was the regional economist for CMHC, a federal agency. While there were other government employees in the lockup in their capacity as representatives of public sector unions, Carol Frketich was the one and only public servant in the lockup in her capacity as a public official. Granted, CMHC is a crown corporation, not a line department, but why is one of their senior staff in the budget lockup getting ready to spin with the rest of them when they are supposed to be part of this nation's politically neutral, professional public service?

Frketich previously worked in the BC Min. of Finance and was among those whose distaste for former Deputy Min Tom Gunton was no secret.

Geez, this gives a good picture of the influences that shape our budgets. By a rough count that's:

- 40+ business/industry groups
- 10 from the education sector
- 7 unions
- 6 accounting firms/organizations
- 20-odd assorted lobbies for local govt, First Nations, Greens, lawyers & doctors, taxpayers, the arts, etc. and...

- 5 representing "the people": children & family services, foster parents, seniors, mentally ill & Chinense consumers.

Guess those last five must have been in high demand by all those media folks seeking to give the public a balanced reaction...


Budd, Jamie Elmhirst from Pilothouse was there for New Car Dealers of BC

Also note GCA rep Brian Kieran (Pilothouse)

Yes, I certainly noticed the names Elmhirst and Kieran (truly a reminder of a bygone era), but they weren't listed as being with their usual company, Pilothouse. [Pause for effect] Gee Whiz, ... I wonder why that is??? Any hunches out there???

Gee, perhaps they were lobbying for their customers? I sure must be smart.

Dave Brown, perhaps it's too painfully obvious that they didn't want to be associated with certain lobbying companies, so they appeared on behalf of other lobbying companies.

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