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REPORTING · 16th July 2010
Merv Ritchie
It is almost the "Who's Who" of BC and Canadian Politics for the Sacred Circle during the next three days. John Baird, Bill Bennett, Stockwell Day and Jay Hill are all present this weekend and Monday to spout their political points of views, promote policies, fund raise and share their insight.

BC Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Bill Bennett, arrives on Sunday with Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) representing Prince George, Jay Hill. They will be the featured guests at a dinner hosted by; Imperial Metals, the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Terrace, at the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club. This is a Chambers Members exclusive event.

On Monday, July 19th, MP Stockwell Day arrives with MP John Baird to fund raise and visit with various municipal councils. These two Federal politicians will visit Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert for luncheons and a dinner. The main purpose of the visit will be to introduce and promote the newly selected Conservative Party representative for the Skeena Bulkley Valley, Clay Harmon.

The Federal Conservative party fundraising events will be held as follows;

Kitimat lunch, July 19, 2010 from 12:00 until 1:30; Hirsh Creek Golf and Winter club, 2000 Kingfisher Avenue, Kitimat, BC at $50/person

Terrace dinner, July 19, 2010 cocktails from 5:30; dinner 6:00; Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club, 3525 Golf Course Road, Terrace at $100/person

Prince Rupert lunch, July 20, 2010 from 12:00 until 1:30, Crest Hotel 222 West 1st Ave., Prince Rupert, BC at $50/person

These are somewhat usual and unusual occurrences. Firstly one would expect the federal ministers would spend time addressing the concerns of the region in some depth, not just have a cursory visit. Meeting with Municipal Councils however might permit them to charge the travel expense to the Canadian public/taxpayer while on a fund raising drive; a common yet unethical use of tax dollars. Introducing a new Riding representative is also somewhat interesting as no election was, until today, on the radar.

With the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline being a significant issue in the BC Northwest, these MP’s along with BC’s Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum resources, visiting together on the same weekend time duration, raises significant awareness of just how important the Sacred Circle is to the economy of not just Canada but the entire Pacific Rim.