Mark Jiles, Premier Gordon Campbell's long-time constituency campaign manager, is telling American companies the Campbell administration doesn't have a big problem awarding 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic contracts to businesses south of the border. Speaking to Washington State entrepreneurs earlier this month, Mr. Jiles - a partner with The Progressive Group - said, "At first there was a big push for having just Canadian companies, but there has been a change in philosophy by the government." Instead, according to a report by The Bellingham Herald's Dave Gallagher, "there is more of a focus on whether a company can handle the project, get it done on time and offer sustainable solutions." The Progressive Group was founded by Patrick Kinsella - arguably one of British Columbia's most powerful provincial Liberal backroom boys.
October 8, 2007