The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has filed a petition to BC Supreme Court claiming it should be allowed to participate in an inquiry over records related to the exit of a former CEO.
The case starts with ex-BCLC boss Michael Graydon, who raised eyebrows back in 2014 when he quit the crown corporation to go work for Paragon Gaming, a casino organization he’d been responsible for regulating.
Graydon was later found to be in a conflict of interest because of the move and forced to pay back $55,000 in pay he’d collected while in conflict.
In the wake of the incident, the Ministry of Finance conducted an internal review, including interviews with BCLC staff.
Then, last summer, someone put in a freedom of information request for the transcripts of those interviews; whether to release them is now the subject of an inquiry by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The BCLC claims it wants to participate in the process because it says sensitive information about the crown corporation, including its business practices, security techniques, and anti-crime initiatives could be disclosed.
In the petition, BCLC says the OIPC has determined the lottery corporation is not an “appropriate person” and can’t provide evidence in the inquiry, a determination it wants overturned.
The OIPC says it has received the petition, but refused to comment.
With files from Kyle Benning