Yesterday we asked why the City of Vancouver failed to hold any kind of public celebration for the one-year countdown to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sources at Vancouver City Hall now tell us why. Mayor Gregor Robertson had City staff busily working to stage an exclusive "invitation only" party yesterday at the tony Vancouver Club.
At this City staff-supported event held at the exclusive members only club, Mayor Robertson and his Vision/COPE council colleagues toasted IOC Chair Jacques Rogge on the taxpayer’s dime.
In a twist that seems almost too absurd to believe, lone NPA councillor Suzanne Anton was not invited. Sources say that staff had been directed to only invite members of the governing Vision/COPE caucus to key Olympic-related events.
Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, the Vision/COPE councillors snubbed the annual Spirit of Vancouver 2010 countdown luncheon, held annually and always attended by representatives of City Council for the last six years.
The latter event has always been used as a way to raise funds to help support aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The absence of the Mayor or any members of his governing caucus at this event had tongues wagging among Vancouver’s business movers and shakers.