Further details have emerged surrounding the meetings T. Richard Turner helped B.C. Pavilion Corp. arrange with Paragon Gaming Inc. executives. In a letter sent to provincial New Democrat critic Spencer Chandra Herbert, the Crown corporation said Mr. Turner - who chairs the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and has a longstanding business relationship with Paragon Gaming - was tapped on two occasions to make such arrangements: once in January and again in February. That's at least seven months after the Las Vegas-based company was selected as the preferred bidder to develop the lands west of BC Place. As we earlier reported, the pavilion corporation contacted Mr. Turner to help bring Paragon Gaming's principals to the negotiating table. According to the letter, the ICBC chair didn't participate in those meetings and had no other contact with PavCo concerning that development project, which will see the construction of a mega casino near the stadium. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned correspondence.
April 16, 2010