Campbell should discuss details of the meeting. He's gone from BC.
Gordon Campbell hobnobs with world elite at private meeting (external - login to view)
By JONATHAN FOWLIE, Vancouver Sun June 7, 2010
VICTORIA — Premier Gordon Campbell spent his weekend rubbing shoulders with some of the world's leading political and business figures at the 58th annual Bilderberg Meeting in Sitges, Spain.
The secretive invite-only meeting — dubbed by London's The Independent as an "annual cabal of the world's elite" — pulls together top international names to discuss issues such as foreign affairs and the economy.
"We talked about the economy, we talked about trade, we talked about health care and the challenges that health care presents to all economies with the changing demographic," Campbell said in a brief interview Monday, not going into specific detail about what was discussed.
"We talked about how is it possible to feed the world and what are the barriers that are in the way of us actually accomplishing that goal," he added.
"Everybody is connected now with international trade. Everyone will be affected by what happens with the European currencies and that's a significant issue everyone is concerned about."
A list of attendees posted on the website www.bilderbergmeetings.org (external - login to view) shows other attendees at this year's meetings included: Bill Gates; former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger; and director of the U.S. National Economic Council Lawrence Summers.
Other Canadians at the meetings included: Indigo Books & Music CEO Heather Reisman; CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge; and TD Bank Financial CEO Edmund Clark.
When asked why he was called on to attend the meetings, Campbell said: "I think I was probably invited because British Columbia is seen as a province that's leading Canada — doing a lot of interesting things.
"Our economy is one of the best in the country and has been for a number of years now," he added, saying it was an honour to be invited.
The meetings took place June 3-6 and Campbell's trip was paid for by the provincial government.
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