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Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

(Left) Bollywood director Karan Johar , (centre) B.C. Premier Christy Clark and actor and performer (right) Shiam Davar during the announcement of a Bollywood event to promote the Times of India Film Awards. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

(Left) Bollywood director Karan Johar , (centre) B.C. Premier Christy Clark and actor and performer (right) Shiam Davar during the announcement of a Bollywood event to promote the Times of India Film Awards. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

A Freedom of Information Act request released related to Times of India Film Awards held in Vancouver in 2013 reveals little about the business case for the ceremony.

The FOI filed by a business requested the “business plan or prospectus pertaining to the Times of India Film Awards” held in 2013.

Seven pages of documents revealed the province was asked for $15 million for the awards from its organizer and Victoria offered a counter-bid that was redacted.

The awards were reported to have received $11 million from B.C.

Documents talk about employment in the province and how India is an emerging economy.

Then the information tapers off, including complete redaction of the “benefits of hosting” the awards ceremony and the information was labeled “confidential advice to cabinet.”

Critics argued the awards show was a blatant use of tax money to help the BC Liberal party woo South Asian voters.

At the time, some in the South Asian community said they feared the awards coupled with the quick wins scandal to gain ethnic votes could cause backlash against the community.

 

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