"A class-action lawsuit has been launched in Ontario alleging the public body responsible for gaming in that province hasn't done enough to enforce its problem gambling program. Are you confident that B.C. Lotteries is doing enough to its own problem gambling program?" That's the question we posed to Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman last year during an appearance on Voice of BC. In response, the minister gave an answer that seemed to ignore the context of that question. But, according to a record obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, that wasn't British Columbia Lottery Corp.'s opinion.
In an email sent on July 25, 2008, the corporation's communications and public affairs director Susan Dolinski wrote the minister's response was "very good and it appears the backgrounding we've done this week and previously by (British Columbia Lottery president and chief executive officer) Mike (Graydon) is having an impact."