Trade secrets

Late in the spring legislative session, the Campbell administration made an abortive attempt to limit public access to information about major government partnerships with the private sector. So it seems only appropriate that Finance Minister Carole Taylor and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon will be "sharing British Columbia's experiences" with public-private partnerships at an invite-only/unwashed masses-not-allowed forum hosted by Project Finance Magazine. The forum, which is being held at the Four Season Hotel Vancouver on June 22, "will be limited to 100 guests and will bring together national and provinicial government, developers, financiers, lawyers, and rating agencies in one room to focus on the key issues facing the Canadian PPP market." Speakers at the event will also include Partnerships British Columbia chief executive officer Larry Blain. No word yet on the content of those speeches. But Mr. Blain will be advising civil servants from other provinces how they too can negotiate a $500,000 pay package?

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