Passage to India

Film and TV, education, lumber, gas and coal companies join Premier on trade junket

Clark on a previous India mission.
Clark on a previous India mission.

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

·        Affluence Capital

·        Atomic Cartoons

·        Autopro Automation Consultants

·        BC Council for International Education

·        Bray Partners Inc.

·        British Columbia Institute of Technology

·        Broad Connect Telecom Inc.

·        Canada India Network

·        Canada-India Business Council

·        Canadian Western Holdings Ltd.

·        Catalyst Paper

·        Centre for Drug Research and Development

·        College of New Caledonia

·        Colliers

·        Colonial Coal International Corp.

·        Comcast

·        Creative BC

·        Deloitte

·        DHX Media

·        East West Petroleum (chaired by David Sidoo and the board includes ex-federal Liberal minister Herb Dhaliwal).

·        Elegant Development Inc.

·        Elexisoft Technologies

·        EP Canada

·        ethniK Yarn

·        Falcon Equipment

·        Fraserview Cedar Products

·        GFZ Studios

·        Gill International Travel

·        Green House Creations

·        Huu-ay-aht First Nation (whose HFN Development LP chief financial officer is Stan Coleman, brother of deputy premier Rich Coleman)

·        IC-IMPACTS

·        In Situ Media Corp.

·        Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation

·        KPMG

·        KWL

·        Langara College

·        McCarthy Tetrault LLP

·        Meghna Halder Production BC

·        MITACS

·        Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc.

·        New East Group of Companies

·        North Shore Studios

·        Northwest Freightways

·        Numa Models

·        Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd.

·        Optimus Information Inc.

·        Pacific Northwest LNG

·        Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd. (Woodfibre LNG proponent)

·        Port Alberni Port Authority

·        Ptc Chl

·        Pyramid Wine Exports

·        Raymond Massey Productions

·        Royal Roads University

·        Sandhurst Group (An Esso dealer and Tim Hortons franchisee).

·        SILO Entertainment

·        Simon Fraser University

·        Solaris Geothermal

·        Steelhead LNG

·        Sukhi Bath Group of Companies

·        Sushma’s Creations

·        Tata Elxsi-Visual Computing Labs

·        Teck Resources Ltd.

·        Thinkeco Power

·        TransNational Canada Counsel

·        University of British Columbia

·        University of the Fraser Valley

·        University of Victoria

·        Vancouver Film School

·        Vancouver Film Studios

·        Vestechno Solutions

·        Victoria Square

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