Earlier, we reported gaming companies - such as Great Canadian Casino Corp. - haven't donated a dime to the provincial Liberals since they took office. Although some of their employees and supporters have. According to Elections British Columbia filings, Mel Snow, the provincial president of the lobbying association representing thoroughbred horse racers, donated $11,678 to the party between 2005 and 2007. Meanwhile, Bill McNeill, the general manager of the "only entity authorized by the provincial government to provide off-track wagering services in British Columbia," contributed $4,040 over the same period. And, according to a list obtained exclusively by Public Eye, The Horsemen's Protective and Benevolent Association and TBC Teletheatre BC Ltd. are among the groups that will be teeing off with Premier Gordon Campbell at the Leader's Invitational Golf Tournament.
In an interview, Mr. McNeill said he - rather than his company - has personally purchased tickets for that fundraiser over the "last couple years." Asked why, he responded, "Cause it's a fun event to attend every year."
So this isn't about showing support for the government? "I'd rather not really comment on it to a reporter. I have my own personal reasons for wanting to support the event. I enjoy entering certain events throughout the year. And that's one of the ones that I've enjoyed participating in."
Although he did say, when it goes to gaming, "This province is well-behind all the other provinces. They're getting better. But I wouldn't say this government has been particularly good. They have been good. But we're still in last place, I think, of all the provinces as far as gaming goes in this country. Sothere's still a ways to go."
Mr. Snow hasn't yet returned a call from Public Eye