Yesterday, during estimates debate, the province's tourism minister said T. Richard Turner told him the lack of a retractable roof for BC Place could be a "deal breaker" for Paragon Gaming Inc., which has signed a 70-year lease agreement with PavCo to develop a new entertainment complex near the stadium. Speaking with reporters today, Kevin Krueger stated he was already aware of Paragon's position before he received that call last year from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's chair. He also said Mr. Turner, who has a longstanding business relationship Paragon Gaming, didn't change his opinion on the retractable roof - which at that time had exceeded its original cost estimate.
Under earlier questioning by New Democrat critic Spencer Herbert, Minister Krueger revealed cabinet "revisited" its decision to proceed with that roofing project after learning about the overrun. But he refused to tell reporters whether Mr. Turner's call came before or after that happened, stating, "you know I don't comment on what is done in cabinet when."