Ottawa to spend $10M on Olympic pavilion8:31 pm - 09/20/2009
The federal government has announced it won't hold a joint pavilion with British Columbia at the Winter Games, despite a request from B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell.
The federal minister of state for sport, Gary Lunn, told a news gathering at the Vancouver airport on Sunday that B.C. and other provinces will develop their own pavilions, while Canada's will highlight the entire country.
The pavilion will promote both tourism and investment opportunities in Canada and be a focal point for Canadian fans and international visitors.
Canadian fans will be able to meet athletes at the site, show their support and get autographs.
The pavilion will be located in downtown Vancouver at the LiveCity celebration site.
Lunn couldn't say what it would look like. With five months to go before the Games, Ottawa will now start looking for bids to put it together.CBC