Conflict at BC Lottery Corp.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the former head of the BC Lottery Corp., was in a conflict of interest for two months before he quit his job.

Michael Graydon went to work as president for private Vancouver company PV Hospitality, which is affiliated with Paragon Gaming.

De Jong says an internal government review has found Graydon was negotiating with the firm for two months but did not disclose that to the lottery board.

Graydon also had access to lottery corporation information for 10 days after leaving, but there's no evidence to suggest he used it to benefit his employer as he oversees operations of a new gaming facility near BC Place stadium.

Graydon's resignation from the corporation, his almost immediate posting at Paragon, and his severance package were the subject of intense questions in the legislature by the Opposition New Democrats.

De Jong says the review makes three recommendations, including that the BC Lottery Corp., ensure that its employee exit process has timely removal of access to information.


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