Canadian Politicians Won't Receive Free Olympic Tickets
Canadian politicians will have to purchase tickets to sport events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, February 12-28, 2010, at their own expense. The government of Canada has vowed to return half of all its tickets to the Games' organizers.
The Minister of State for Sport is warning there will be no freebies.
"Senators, Members of Parliament and all government employees will be personally paying for their tickets,'' said Gary Lunn in a message to The Canadian Press.
The government, as well as Games sponsors and Olympic officials, buy tickets separately from the general public.
This gives them exclusive access to high-demand events, such as gold-medal hockey, where as much as 70 per cent of the seats are reserved for Olympic sponsors and other officials.