Earlier, we reported the provincial government will be spending up to $2 million to hire a contractor "to lead and manage a comprehensive assessment of the direct and indirect impacts of the 2010 Games." But provisions included in the bid document for that contractor open up the assessment process to the possibility of significant interference by the British Columbia Olympic and Paralympic Games secretariat. And that has New Democrat legislator Harry Bains concerned. In an interview with Public Eye, the opposition's Olympic critic noted the document also doesn't guarantee the assessment results will be made public. "This is the trend," he commented. "The trend is to allow the taxpayer information in a very controlled fashion. And the only information that they like people to have is the information they allow to get out." The Campbell administration hasn't yet responded to a request for comment placed yesterday.
October 3, 2007