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Details of Campbell's Bilderberg adventure exposed

Premier Gordon Campbell's airfare to a secret June convention in Spain cost $ 6,430.96, according to documents obtained via Freedom of Information.

Campbell rubbed shoulders with Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger and the Queen of Spain in Sitges, Spain at the Bilderberg Conference, a "small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum" according to the official website.

Campbell flew Executive First class June 3 from Vancouver to Barcelona via Frankfurt on Lufthansa and returned June 6. The airfare was charged to a government BMO MasterCard. His agenda shows a conference dinner on June 4, daytime sessions on June 5 and closing sessions on June 6. No accommodation or meal receipts were provided to 24 hours.

A Jan. 11 invitation letter marked "personal and confidential" to "Prime Minister Gordon Campbell" was signed by Bilderberg honorary chairman Etienne Davignon, but the return address was censored by government staff. The letter said a maximum 130 guests from 28 countries would attend.

"As you already know this invitation is strictly personal and cannot be transferred; Bilderberg's rules do not allow for spouses and/ or personal staff", wrote Davignon, a former European Union commissioner from Belgium.

The official website said the agenda included discussions on "financial reform, security, cyber technology, energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, world food problem, global cooling, social networking, medical science and European Union/ United States relations."

Bob Mackin reports for 24 Hours Vancouver.

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