Was that really Mayor Gregor Robertson Canucks fans saw whooping it up in a private box on October 5th?
A little note came our way a few days ago from a couple of die-hard Vancouver Canucks fans who claim they saw a top politico being wined and dined in the private box of a prominent local developer. According to our source, Mayor Gregor Robertson was seen having a jolly old time at the Garage on October 5th, the season opener for the Vancouver Canucks.
We've subsequently placed a FOI request to access the Mayor's calendar to determine whether he was in fact there. Our researchers also went down to Vancouver City Hall yesterday to check out whether the Mayor had filed any paperwork declaring such a gift, but we came up empty handed. The Vancouver Charter states that all gifts over $200 bucks must be immediately declared once they have been received by a local politician.
According to the City Clerk's office, they have no record of the Mayor declaring a gift of season opener Canucks hockey tickets. If it was Robertson in that private suite, it could very well be that he paid for his ticket and didn't receive a gift at all. Hence no need for declaration.
Guests of the Executive Suites at GM Place are afforded some exquisite nibblies while they watch the game. According their promotional material:
The Executive Suites menu is tailored to your tastes and needs, and those of the guests you are entertaining, offering a wide variety of menu packages, snacks, appetizers, entrées and desserts. The menu features both classic arena favorites and an extensive selection of Chef’s Signature items.
Perhaps the guests in attendance that night were munching on the "Breakaway Package" catered meal which costs $1,450. Seems a bit pricey to me, but it does include pan seared beef tenderloin medallions and popcorn.
Was that really Mayor Robertson those Canucks fans saw in the private suite on opening night? Or perhaps it was just some other guy who looked like the Mayor? We'll report back to our readers once we get a response to our FOI request regarding the Mayor's calendar.