A group representing Kamloops businesses will meet with B.C.’s attorney general to discuss the future of the BC Lottery Corporation in Kamloops.
North Shore Business Improvement Association executive director Jeremy Heighton said the group requested and has been granted a meeting with David Eby at an unknown date.
Heighton called it a “fact-finding mission” following a decision by the provincial government to scrap plans to build a new BCLC headquarters downtown.
Instead, the government plans to update the aging building on Seymour Street, adjacent to Kamloops City Hall.
“The intent of the meeting is to meet with the minister to confirm to the business organizations that are represented by the letter that that is indeed the plan,” Heighton said.
“There’s been some rumour and innuendos and some hush-talking in corridors, so to speak. We want to go straight to the source. We want to have a chat with the attorney general. We want to say, ‘Hey, what’s going on? And what kind of commitments do we have and are they on paper?’ We want to have a chat. To their credit, the attorney general’s office has responded and we are working on a meeting date.”
The legislature is currently in session.
The group that sent the letter includes: Bryce Herman of the NSBIA, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce president Joshua Knaak, Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association board president Dino Bernardo, Thompson Rivers University board of governors chair Jim Thomson, Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis, Kamloops and District Real Estate Association president Doren Quinton, Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior executive officer Rose Choy, Community Futures Thompson Country board chair Hal Hicks, Kamloops Innovation Centre chair Matt deFouw and Venture Kamloops president Anthony Ryan.
Heighton said the 10 organizations represent the city’s 5,750 businesses in one way or another.
Knaak told KTW the fact the letter was signed by 10 organizations is significant and speaks to the importance of BCLC in the community.
He said he wants commitment from the government to not only maintain BCLC’s current workforce, but also to have a meaningful portion of the executive and board of directors located in Kamloops.