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Premier Clark's Grey Cup guest list

Premier Christy Clark invited an eclectic mix of politicians, aides and charity executives to the exclusive B.C. Place Suite during the 99th Grey Cup on Nov. 27, according to a list obtained by the Tyee through a Freedom of Information request.

It was the first time in history that two female premiers appointed by their parties watched a Grey Cup with the female federal opposition leader, who was appointed by her caucus.

B.C. Liberal Clark hosted Alberta Conservative Premier Alison Redford and federal NDP leader Nicole Turmel. Redford brought executive assistant Ryan Barberio. The only federal Conservative was Abbotsford MP Ed Fast, the minister of International Trade and Asia-Pacific Gateway.

Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, principal secretary Gary Bohnet, communications consultant Brian Kennedy and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger completed the mini-summit.

Clark was joined by her brother, John. The name of one attendee was censored by the government for privacy reasons without explanation. Attendance at such events is considered a discretionary benefit and all names should be disclosed. It is possible that the name is that of the premier's son, Hamish. She took him onto the field level after the game where B.C. Lions' president Dennis Skulsky let them hold the Grey Cup.

Clark's "team" included principal secretary Dimitri Pantazopoulos, so-called outreach directors Pamela Martin and Lorne Mayencourt, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong and ministerial assistant Matt Stickney.

There were 10 charity executives, including: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation founder Judy Cladwell, Looking Glass Foundation founder Cindy Dobbie, Variety executive director Barbara Hislop, Canadian Cancer Society chief executive Barbara Kaminsky, United We Can founder Ken Lyotier, Hope International creator David MacKenzie, Potluck Cafe executive director Heather Ohara, United Way chair Yuri Fulmer, United Way executive director Michael McKnight and InsideOut founder Lilia Zaharieva.

B.C. Sports Hall of Famer and retired Canadian rugby great Gareth Rees and Vancouver Board of Trade chair Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia completed the guest list.

-- Bob Mackin reports for The Tyee and others.

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