Government spends $54K on tickets to Olympics

Rob Antle
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The provincial government recently bought more than $54,000 worth of tickets for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Clyde Jackman indicated that no decisions have yet been made on who will get the tickets.

The provincial government recently bought more than $54,000 worth of tickets for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Clyde Jackman indicated that no decisions have yet been made on who will get the tickets.

"Whether we will need all, or indeed any, of the tickets purchased has yet to be determined," Jackman said in a statement e-mailed to The Telegram by an official in his department.

He said the department may sell some of them back through the Vancouver organizing committee.

"No tickets have been allocated to any individual or group at this time."

Last year, the government spent $1.5 million to sign on to the Contributing Province/Territory Program with the Vancouver organizing committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

A 2008 government news release listed such benefits as a Newfoundland and Labrador Day at the Games to promote the province, and participation in the Cultural Olympiad, which will include opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador artists.

Jackman indicated that one of the other benefits of the program for partner provinces is early access to tickets for Olympic events.

According to the minister, the Vancouver organizing committee determined a deadline for purchase, and the province decided it would buy what was available at that time. The cost was $54,380.

"The intention is to determine, as we move forward with planning a series of networking events in Vancouver next February, how those tickets might be used, strategically, to further our primary goal - to use the international attention focused on the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver to promote tourism, trade, and business investment opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador," Jackman said in the e-mail sent to The Telegram.

He noted that it is too soon to accurately state how many tickets will be used, which events will be attended, or who will use them.

"We will be in a better position to provide that information as the event draws near."

The Telegram had abandoned a previous, broader request under provincial access to information laws for correspondence, invoices and receipts related to the Olympic ticket purchases.

The department wanted $770 in fees to fulfil that request, saying it would take 44 hours to do so and generate more than 440 photocopied pages.

rantle@thetelegram.com

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Geographic location: Vancouver, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Lee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I got an idea, give them to the fishermen...they have lots of time in the winter for fun stuff, go to Van and drink your faces off, just the same as bailout money.... THEY HAVE TIME, GIVE THEM TO THE FISHERMEN, I'lll borrow ur ATV when ur gone lol

  • the butler did it
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    You would think with all little danny's cash, he would buy his own tickets, instead of fleecing the public. I knew when he blew the 1.5 mil it was for him to get front row seats. Reminds me a little of Peckford's days of Limos and expensive cigars on the backs of the tax payers. Maybe little dan is getting ready to hang up the skates and finally move on. Dare to dream.

  • James S
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    A portion of those tickets will go to the politicians, political staffers and bureaucrats involved with the Newfoundland pavillion at the Vancouver games.

    A paid holiday with our taxpayer dollars.

    The pavillion project is headed up by a former staff member in the Premier's office.

    Shameful.

    Sorry Danny, sometimes the Truth is negative and not in your favour.

    Don't yell at the editor.

    Like he would care.

  • the butler did it
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    That's right Rusty....It should have been included in the first waste of money...the 1,5.
    If little Dan is such a master negotiator, why did we have to buy the tickets separate. What are the other expenses going to be on this. Fifty first class plane fare for all the tickets, hotel and meals, what's the total going to be here?

  • Keepin' It Real
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    So what would that $54K get you, a half-dozen tickets to the men's hockey final?

  • Billy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I've spent AGES in Newfoundland during the Hibernia Project, contributed mightily to the Video Lottery and Beer Tax programs, AND I live just down the road from Vancouver. Can I have one?

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    This is the same Government that continues to cut funding from the food budgets of our Nursing Homes. This is the same Government that has cut funding for bais personal care in many Nursing Homes. This is the same Government that continues to line the pockets and bank accounts of Danny Williams friends. Maybe the plan is for Danny to show up at the Olympic games in his seal skin coat. After all he does have to be the centre of attention wherever he goes and whatever he does.

  • Rusty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    All these complainers but I guarantee if they decided to give you a ticket you wouldn't be long putting it in your pocket.

    Spend money on advertising but then not have any representatives? This purchase fits directly under expenses that would be included under a marketing campaign.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Someone brought up Danny's seal skin coat. I wonder is that property of Danny's or is it the premier of the day's because I remember Tobin wearing one...........Was it the same one or not? It's would be pretty hard for anyone else to wear that without ridicule unless you are expected as Premier.

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Let me get this straight. The Department has 440 pages of information, yet in the words of its own Minister, have not determined whether they will need all, or indeed any, of the tickets purchased.

  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    No one should be getting anything as long as one person in this province remains below the poverty line.

    Sell them on Ebay and put the money to a good use. The cost for the flights and rooms will be more then they paid for these wasted tickets anyway. Who is going to pay $1500.00 a night, plus airfare?

    And forget about staying in Whistler during that time. You better try to book a rental car now and a flophouse bed in Langley today on the off chance of you getting anything out of Danny.

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Why did Jackman hire outside people on contract to coordinate the Olympic activities when he has several experienced staff in his sport section to do this work?

  • jennifer h
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    I KNOW WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH THE TICKETS!!! Give them out in a lottery. Not a lottery where you have to BUY tickets to win the tickets (because that would give the rich and famous better opportunity to win), but get the voters list and give the tickets away. I mean, what a fabulous opportunity for 'average joe' types to take in the Olympics!!

  • Lee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I got an idea, give them to the fishermen...they have lots of time in the winter for fun stuff, go to Van and drink your faces off, just the same as bailout money.... THEY HAVE TIME, GIVE THEM TO THE FISHERMEN, I'lll borrow ur ATV when ur gone lol

  • the butler did it
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    You would think with all little danny's cash, he would buy his own tickets, instead of fleecing the public. I knew when he blew the 1.5 mil it was for him to get front row seats. Reminds me a little of Peckford's days of Limos and expensive cigars on the backs of the tax payers. Maybe little dan is getting ready to hang up the skates and finally move on. Dare to dream.

  • James S
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    A portion of those tickets will go to the politicians, political staffers and bureaucrats involved with the Newfoundland pavillion at the Vancouver games.

    A paid holiday with our taxpayer dollars.

    The pavillion project is headed up by a former staff member in the Premier's office.

    Shameful.

    Sorry Danny, sometimes the Truth is negative and not in your favour.

    Don't yell at the editor.

    Like he would care.

  • the butler did it
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    That's right Rusty....It should have been included in the first waste of money...the 1,5.
    If little Dan is such a master negotiator, why did we have to buy the tickets separate. What are the other expenses going to be on this. Fifty first class plane fare for all the tickets, hotel and meals, what's the total going to be here?

  • Keepin' It Real
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    So what would that $54K get you, a half-dozen tickets to the men's hockey final?

  • Billy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I've spent AGES in Newfoundland during the Hibernia Project, contributed mightily to the Video Lottery and Beer Tax programs, AND I live just down the road from Vancouver. Can I have one?

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    This is the same Government that continues to cut funding from the food budgets of our Nursing Homes. This is the same Government that has cut funding for bais personal care in many Nursing Homes. This is the same Government that continues to line the pockets and bank accounts of Danny Williams friends. Maybe the plan is for Danny to show up at the Olympic games in his seal skin coat. After all he does have to be the centre of attention wherever he goes and whatever he does.

  • Rusty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    All these complainers but I guarantee if they decided to give you a ticket you wouldn't be long putting it in your pocket.

    Spend money on advertising but then not have any representatives? This purchase fits directly under expenses that would be included under a marketing campaign.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Someone brought up Danny's seal skin coat. I wonder is that property of Danny's or is it the premier of the day's because I remember Tobin wearing one...........Was it the same one or not? It's would be pretty hard for anyone else to wear that without ridicule unless you are expected as Premier.

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Let me get this straight. The Department has 440 pages of information, yet in the words of its own Minister, have not determined whether they will need all, or indeed any, of the tickets purchased.

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    No one should be getting anything as long as one person in this province remains below the poverty line.

    Sell them on Ebay and put the money to a good use. The cost for the flights and rooms will be more then they paid for these wasted tickets anyway. Who is going to pay $1500.00 a night, plus airfare?

    And forget about staying in Whistler during that time. You better try to book a rental car now and a flophouse bed in Langley today on the off chance of you getting anything out of Danny.

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Why did Jackman hire outside people on contract to coordinate the Olympic activities when he has several experienced staff in his sport section to do this work?

  • jennifer h
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    I KNOW WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH THE TICKETS!!! Give them out in a lottery. Not a lottery where you have to BUY tickets to win the tickets (because that would give the rich and famous better opportunity to win), but get the voters list and give the tickets away. I mean, what a fabulous opportunity for 'average joe' types to take in the Olympics!!