"It wouldn't be my choice." That's what Premier Gordon Campbell told The Vancouver Sun's Miro Cernetig when asked about the provincial New Democrat leader Carole James' 2006 decision to let the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association pay for her, three legislators and two staffer to go on a trade mission to Taiwan. So what will the premier think when he finds out backbencher Harry Bloy and his wife took a trip to China with the Canada-China Friendship Asssociation at a cost of $7,500? According to his most recent public disclosure statement, that trip was paid for by the Across International Business Exchange Ltd. That statement also shows the backbencher went to Korea with the Canada Korea Business Association. The $4,500 price tag for that trip was picked up by Tomorrow Consulting. By comparison, the New Democrats' trip cost at least $12,441.
December 1, 2008