Who gets prime Olympic tickets remains mystery
Published Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:00PM PST
Months after it was revealed they'd spent $1 million on tickets for the 2010 Olympic Games, the BC Liberals still won't say how they plan to hand them out.
The government has more than 3,200 of the best seats and exclusive suites. It says the tickets are reserved for business leaders, dignitaries and politicians on official business.
But who those people are remains top secret.
Last November, Mary McNeil, minister of state for the Olympics, said the ticket distribution policy would be revealed soon.
"I think people are going to be pleased with what we end up coming out with," she said at the time.
But now, taxpayers won't learn who got the Olympic freebies until the Games are over.
"Until we know actually who's going to be in that seat, we'll have full disclosure at the end," she told CTV News on Wednesday.
NDP leader Carole James said it's not money well spent.
"For the public, they're just scratching their head, when is government going to get it? These are taxpayer dollars and they don't expect them to be spent on Olympic tickets."
The opposition won't accept any of the premium perks. James said she bought her own tickets.
"I think I'm about three rows from the roof at BC Place but it will be a great opportunity to celebrate with the public," she said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jim Beatty