Clark backers and opponents on swearing-in invite list

When Christy Clark and her cabinet were sworn-in, the premier's friends and supporters were invited to attend that ceremony. But so were some of those who worked against her campaign to become leader of the provincial Liberals, according to an invite list obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request. The following is a complete copy of that list, along with highlights of some of the more notable names on it.

* Alliance for Arts and Culture executive director Amir Ali Alibhai;

* former Canadian Football League player Daved Benefield;

* senior health ministry bureaucrat John Bethel, a former federal Liberal candidate who served on Ms. Clark's transition team;

* Teck Resources Ltd. chairman Norman Keevil, who has personally and corporately donated $1,055,714 to the Liberals between 2005 and 2010;

* Inwest Group of Companies chairman Hassan Khosrowshahi. Mr. Khosrowshahi, whose company Wesbild Holdings Ltd. contributed $10,000 to Ms. Clark's leadership campaign, is also chair of The Fraser Institute;

* Francesco Aquilini, whose company Aquilini Development and Construction Inc. contributed $25,000 to Ms. Clark's leadership bid according to a list provided by her campaign on February 22;

* Ken Boessenkool, who resigned as Ms. Clark's leadership campaign manager just five days after her campaign launch;

* The Beedie Group president Ryan Beedie, who chaired Falcon 20/20 - a third party business group that supported Kevin Falcon's bid for the Liberal leadership;

* hotel and spa owners Sergio Cocchia and Wendy Losgar-Cocchia, who are leading an effort to build a controversial autism centre in Vancouver;

* Vancouver Island Health Authority chair Don Hubbard;

* Pacific Western Brewing Co. president and chief executive officer Kazuko Komatsu;

* Earls Restaurants Ltd. chief executive officer Stan Fuller, whose company and restaurants have donated $86,150 to the Liberals between 2005 and 2010. Mr. Fuller was also a member of Falcon 20/20;

* Classic Rock 101 radio personality Bro Jake;

* former public affairs bureau deputy minister Athana Mentzelopoulos;

* Great Canadian Gaming Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Ross McLeod;

* former Great Canadian Gaming media and government relations vice-president Jacee Schaefer, who is also a long-time Liberal campaigner;

* Pacific Customs Group of Companies chief executive officer Glen Todd, the largest thoroughbred owner in British Columbia whose racing partner is lobbyist and former Liberal campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella. Mr. Todd's company Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd. contributed $10,000 to Ms. Clark's leadership campaign; and

* property developers Bruno and Peter Wall, who personally and corporately contributed $50,000 to Ms. Clark's leadership campaign.

Cabinet swearing-in ceremony invitation list

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