Baldreydash: Palmer, Baldrey, and Macarenko will speak at B.C. Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

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      The B.C. Chamber of Commerce has invited three high-profile journalists to speak at its three-day annual general meeting from May 21 to 23 in Prince Rupert.

      Vancouver Sun legislature columnist Vaughn Palmer, Global TV legislature reporter Keith Baldrey, and CBC TV anchor Gloria Macarenko are all listed in the agenda.

      The B.C. Chamber of Commerce has strongly supported the  B.C. Liberal government under Premier Gordon Campbell.  

      The chamber's president, John Winter, is spokesperson for, which  was created by the Coalition of B.C. Businesses to promote the B.C. Liberals' chances in the May 12 election.  

      The coalition  is a registered election advertising sponsor with Elections B.C.

      The chamber's annual general meeting will begin nine days after the B.C. election.

      It's  not an uncommon occurrence for high-profile  journalists to speak at business functions.

      The Straight has left a message with Winter to find out how much, if anything,  the chamber is paying on expenses and speaking fees for Palmer, Baldrey, and Macarenko to appear at the convention.

      A spokesperson for the chamber, Alexis Hoy, returned the call and said she couldn't divulge that information.

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