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PREMIER Greg Selinger is heading to Vancouver later this month to watch Manitoba's Olympians compete and meet with international investors.

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PREMIER Greg Selinger is heading to Vancouver later this month to watch Manitoba’s Olympians compete and meet with international investors.

The premier will arrive in British Columbia on Feb. 23 and will stay until the closing ceremonies on the 28th.

While in Vancouver, he will attend receptions for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Manitoba film and music industries as well as a Homecoming 2010 social.

The premier will also be there for Manitoba Day at the games on Feb. 25, which will include victory celebration concerts featuring homegrown talent as Burton Cummings and Doc Walker.

Manitoba is spending an estimated $6.4 million to promote the province at the Games. Included in the costs are the big-ticket musical events at Manitoba night as well as $2.3 million for a pavilion in downtown Vancouver. The Manitoba pavilion will showcase the province’s eco-friendly initiatives, immigration programs and tourist destinations.

The only other Manitoba cabinet minister attending the games is Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, who is also responsible for sport. Robinson arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday and is staying until Sunday.

A spokesman for Selinger said it’s still undecided which Olympic sporting events the premier will attend, other than the closing ceremonies.

“He’s going to speedskating and hockey. It just depends how our Manitoba athletes do.”

While in Vancouver, Selinger will also meet with international investors interested in doing business in Manitoba, the spokesman said. However, he wouldn’t elaborate, calling the meet private.

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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