Last week, T. Richard Turner's office manager at TitanStar Capital Corp. advised us he was "not available" to comment on his business relationship with Paragon Gaming Inc. because the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia chair would be occupied with "full day board meetings" until Friday. But he did clear his schedule to speak with The Vancouver Sun's Jonathan Fowlie on Thursday to say that he wasn't trying to "influence any decision" when he phoned Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger about BC Place's over-budget retractable roof.
During estimates debate, the minister said Mr. Turner told him the lack of such a roof would be deal breaker for Paragon Gaming, which recently inked a deal to build an entertainment complex near the stadium. But the former British Columbia Lottery Corp. disputed that statement, telling Mr. Fowlie, "What I recall saying is . . . if the roof doesn't go ahead, that's fine, but we can't build what we said we'd build in the bid because we're counting on synergies between BC Place as renovated and the new development." Mr. Turner has still not responded to our repeated requests for an interview.