In 2006, the provincial New Democrats accused the government of "misleading B.C. taxpayers by denying the true cost of the 2010 Olympic Games." Specifically, New Democrat legislator Harry Bains criticized the Campbell administration for not including the budget for its BC Olympic and Paralympic Games secretariat - among other items - in its cost estimate to host the sporting event. But that doesn't meant the Liberals don't want to get credit for the work the secretariat has been doing. Because, last week, the government quietly announced on BC Bid it would "seeking a Contractor to create and execute a strategic communications plan to (in part) support increased profile for the BC Secretariat" - which had operating expenses of more than $100 million in fiscal 2007/08. Fancy that!
May 27, 2008