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I'm not involved with PavCo: Turner

BOB MACKIN, QMI AGENCY

The B.C. Liberal insider who lobbied the provincial government for the B.C. Place casino proposal said he is not involved in Paragon Gaming's civic rezoning bid.

"I'm not involved with going to the city, I'm not involved with dealings with PavCo at all," said Richard Turner, who is a director of Paragon Gaming's Canadian division. "That's being done by management and other people. What my duty is, as a director is, I advise from time-to-time at board meetings, I do exercise fiduciary duty at the board level."

Turner joined Paragon's board in 2006 after resigning as chair of the B.C. Lottery Corporation. The provincial appointee to VANOC's board remained chair of ICBC until mid-2010.

Turner contacted then-minister responsible Kevin Krueger in late 2009 on behalf of Paragon when the retractable roof was being reconsidered. The request for proposals to lease PavCo land next to the stadium said proponents were barred from contacting the government or PavCo.

Asked if he is advising Paragon on the city council application, Turner said: "I'm not prepared to talk about it it, it's a private company."

Turner attended Wednesday's Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon where BCLC CEO Michael Graydon promoted the Edgewater Casino expansion. Elections BC records show Turner donated $17,600 to the Liberals from 2005 to 2007.