It seems reports that the Campbell administration's open cabinet meetings are dead may have been greatly exaggerated. Last week, the province's public affair bureau posted a request for proposal on BC Bid seeking "an experienced full-service Contractor for planning, facilitating, and providing television coverage of open cabinet meetings (the Events) at locations throughout the Province of British Columbia...It is anticipated that the Contract term will be from contract signing to March 31, 2007 with three one-year options to renew at the sole discretion of the Province." Those competing for the contract have been asked to provide fixed prices for filming meetings at the legislature, as well as in Vancouver, Kelowna and Prince George - suggesting the government may be taking it's show on the road.
But, before television viewers get too excited, it's important to note the proposal also states the bureau "is unable to provide Proponents with an estimated number of Events that may occur during the term of the Contract. Proponents are advised to consider that in a single year, as few as no Events may be held, or as many as four could be held. PAB does not guarantee that any Events will be held during the term of the Contract." During the 2001 election, the Liberals promised to hold open cabinet meetings "at least once a month." But the last such meeting occurred on January 26, 2005.