Earlier, we reported prospective Pacific Northwest Economic Region sponsors are being promised "an opportunity to participate directly in the development of the Summit and be at the table with key officials and business leaders in July 2008." This, according to a letter signed by summit co-chair John Van Dongen, the minister of state for intergovernmental relations. But, in an interview with Public Eye, Minister Van Dongen said "any suggestion that sponsorship provides some additional access is really a total misinterpretation of the facts. It's open to the public. They'll be 800 delegates there. And I'm proud of the fact the organization is very non-partisan and very open. And anyone that comes there as a delegate can be involved in policy development for the organization."
May 26, 2008