Despite the dates for the fall legislative session being set for months, Premier Christy Clark is off to India Oct. 9-18, to visit Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai. Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk is also on the mission.
This, despite research from the University of B.C. Sauder School of Business that shows international trade missions of this ilk do not cause an increase in trade. They’re expensive photo ops and glamorous vacations on the taxpayer dime.
Watch out for the news releases about the various memoranda of understanding that will inevitably be signed. Those aren’t real contracts about the buying or selling of goods and services. They’re friendship agreements that might turn into business deals. Or they might not.
The list of companies includes several in the film and TV business, educational institutions and resources companies, including Colonial Coal International Corp.
Wait a second. A coal company? Didn’t liquefied natural gas evangelist Clark call coal “dirty”? She’s bringing a B.C. coal company with her to India. Go figure.
Who are the other companies joining Clark on her trade mission to India?
Here’s the list:
· Academy of Learning
· Atomic Cartoons
· British Columbia Institute of Technology
· Canadian Western Holdings Ltd.
· Catalyst Paper
· College of New Caledonia
· Creative BC
· DHX Media
· East West Petroleum (chaired by David Sidoo and the board includes ex-federal Liberal minister Herb Dhaliwal).
· Gill International Travel
· In Situ Media Corp.
· Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation
· Langara College
· McCarthy Tetrault LLP
· Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc.
· New East Group of Companies
· North Shore Studios
· Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd. (Woodfibre LNG proponent)
· Port Alberni Port Authority
· Ptc Chl
· Royal Roads University
· Sandhurst Group (An Esso dealer and Tim Hortons franchisee).
· Simon Fraser University
· Sushma’s Creations
· TransNational Canada Counsel
· University of British Columbia
· University of the Fraser Valley
· University of Victoria
· Vancouver Film School
· Vancouver Film Studios
· Victoria Square