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Bloy received Canucks tickets, only local MLA to receive large gifts

Burnaby-Lougheed Liberal MLA Harry Bloy -
Burnaby-Lougheed Liberal MLA Harry Bloy
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Burnaby-Lougheed Liberal MLA Harry Bloy accepted almost $2,000 in gifts last year, according to his public disclosure statement for 2011.

By law, MLAs are required to disclose any gifts they or their families receive as an “incident of protocol or social obligations” valued at $250 or more. That information, as well as that of their assets, liabilities, financial interests and sources of income, and private corporations controlled by any family members, must be disclosed to the conflict-of interest commissioner who then makes those disclosures available to the public.

During his roughly six-month tenure as social development minister, Bloy accepted two tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game, valued at $450 from Global Container Terminals on March 16, 2011.

On June 6, 2011, he accepted two Canucks tickets during the Stanley Cup final, valued at $800, to sit in the corporate box at Rogers Arena owned by Burnaby-based Pacific Western Brewery.

Bloy also declared receiving a "courtesy membership" in the Vancouver Board of Trade, donated by the organization and valued at $740 plus tax.

In addition, he received an honourary social (non-playing) membership to the Vancouver Golf Club, given by the club to the elected MLA of the area. It has no cash value and the MLA must pay all his own expenses.

His family's assets include their home in Coquitlam, under his wife's name, and an investment property in Maple Ridge, of which he and his wife each own 25 per cent.

Bloy and his wife's RRSPs include shares in Pembina Pipeline, Bell Aliant, BCE Inc. They also own shares in Riocan and Calloway real estate investment trusts.

Fellow Liberal MLA Richard Lee (Burnaby-North) accepted no gifts over $250 and owns his home in Burnaby. Companies he owns shares in, including RRSPs and RESPs, include Brookfield Asset Management, QLT Inc., Wi-Lan Inc., Nortel Networks, National Bank of Canada, Canadian Tire, General  Electric, Sierra Wireless, Ballard Power Systems and Royal Bank.

Burnaby-Deer Lake New Democrat MLA Kathy Corrigan accepted no gifts over $250, and her family's finances are augmented by husband Derek Corrigan's salary and income from his work as Burnaby mayor, Metro Vancouver director, Municipal Finance Authority director and member of TransLink's Mayor's Council.

Apart from their Burnaby home, the couple owns RRSPs mainly held in mutual funds and GICs.

Raj Chouhan, NDP MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds, declared no gifts over $250, and in addition to his MLA's salary and allowances, he receives a pension income from the Hospital Employees' Union where he served as its director of bargaining for 18 years.

Chouhan's assets include his Burnaby home, as well as one-third ownership in another Burnaby property. His and his wife's investments consist of mutual funds, GICs and term deposits.

New Westminster New Democrat MLA Dawn Black's income consists of her MLA's salary and pensions from the B.C. government, the federal government where she served as Member of Parliament for a total of eight years, and Canada Pension Plan. That's augmented by her husband's teachers' pension plan, CPP and Old Age Security income.

They own their home in New Westminster and their investments consist of mutual funds, with her husband also owning bond funds for HSBC Bank and Hydro Quebec.

Black accepted no gifts over $250.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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