Gordon Campbell is scheduled to be in Paris this Friday and Saturday, as part of his tour to see how the Europeans spend their healthcare dollars. But while he's there, the premier might want to visit the one of the city's topless cabaret venues to see British Columbia's healthcare budget at work. Late last month, The Times reported, the Sodexho Alliance - an international catering firm that holds $403 million in provincial healthcare contracts ($330 million with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and $73 million with the Fraser Health Authority) - purchased a 55.5 percent stake in the Lido, an upscale establishment featuring "42 feather-clad female dancers and 17 male dancers." The reported cost of that stake: $27.1 million.
March 1, 2006