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Pan Am exec bonuses unaffected by growing security budget

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan (AFP)

Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan (AFP)

TORONTO - 

The bonuses of Pan Am Games executives are safe — even though the security budget for the sporting spectacle has grown by $93 million.

“The province will not put the burden of a fluid security budget on TO2015,” Jasmine Gill, a spokesman for Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Chan, said in a recent statement.

“As is common practice with other multi-sport games, the host jurisdiction has the responsibility to make any appropriate and necessary investments to ensure Ontarians and visitors alike can participate in the games in a secure and safe environment.

“Currently, TO2015 is operating within their allocated budget,” she said.

Games executives are up for millions of dollars worth of bonuses if they stay within their $1.4-billion budget and stay put until the event is completed.

What became clear last Wednesday was that another $1 billion-plus in games spending is outside that TO2015 budget, including $90 million on transportation, $709 million for an athletes’ village, $22.5 million for the Hamilton stadium and $22.5 million for the Goldring Centre.

An initial estimate of $113 million for security is still included in the TO2015 budget, but another $93 million has been tucked into the second budget overseen by the Ontario government.


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