It looks like Ainsworth LLP, one of Canada's leading forest companies, is diversifying its operations to include political fundraising for the province's governing party. In an email sent to business community members on Monday, the company's British Columbia timberlands general manager Brad Bennett announced the Liberals "South Cariboo Riding Association in conjunction with Ainsworth is again hosting the 'South Cariboo BC Liberal Golf Classic'" at the 108 Resort. The email boasts that for "$150/person you can enjoy golf and dinner with some of the events special guests" - perhaps most notably Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman. Minister Coleman hasn't yet responded to a request for comment about his involvement with the fundraiser. But, in an interview with Public Eye, New Democrat critic Bob Simpson said it wouldn't be "appropriate" for the minister to attend the Ainsworth-organized event, given that he is responsiblity for the forestry sector. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Bennett's email.
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Subject: 4th Annual South Cariboo BC Liberal Golf Classic- August 24th (108 Resort)
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 13:18:43 -0600
From: Bennett, Brad
After the success of last year's event, the South Cariboo Riding Association in conjunction with Ainsworth is again hosting the "South Cariboo BC Liberal Golf Classic". This year's event is again at the 108 Resort on August 24th, 2006. For $150/person you can enjoy golf and dinner with some of the events special guests:
* Rich Coleman - Minister of Forests and Range/ Minister for Housing
* Pat Bell - Minister of Agriculture and Lands
* Claude Richmond - Minister of Employment and Income Assistance
* Kevin Kruger - MLA Kamloops North Thompson.
For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Bergeron @250-373-5628.
RSVP by July 24th.
Attached is an invitation brochure.
Thanks for your support