Remember when B.C. hosted the controversial, multi-million-dollar, taxpayer-funded Times of India Film Awards in 2013?
CKNW has learned the Times of India wants to return to BC “given the success of their past event” here.
While the province says it hasn’t made a decision about “directly partnering with the organization,” former arts and culture critic Spencer-Chandra Herbert says it should be a no-go.
“They spent $11 million dollars of B.C. taxpayer’s money, and then later had to admit they really didn’t see the creation of any new jobs, and that it was a bit of a bust. It was in the midst of the quick wins scandal and was really a pre-election strategy by the Minister and Christy Clark to try to use public money to win an election.”
But the province insists the show did pay off, as approximately 100 million viewers watched the broadcasts.
Herbert says they should look out for B.C. taxpayers.
“I’d rather that we have a well-resourced plan to engage businesses in India and have them invest in BC.”
The province says they had identified India as a key market in the B.C. Jobs Plan when it was launched in 2011.