Earlier this month Premier Greg Selinger apologized on behalf of his government for the recent Jets tickets scandal. He also announced that he would ask MLAs from both sides of the legislature to avoid accepting free professional sports tickets from Crown corporations, businesses and unions in the future.
Selinger also released an updated list of government MLAs who have received free Jets tickets. It contains the names of 13 MLAs, including 12 cabinet ministers, who received a total of 33 free tickets.
Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux’s name is on the list. It is reported that he received one free ticket from the Manitoba Homebuilders Association.
The premier told his MLAs to either repay the cost of the tickets or make charitable donations for the value of tickets received. He also wants MLA’s from both sides of the house to declare any tickets they received.
The controversy erupted earlier this week after it was revealed the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission had been given hundreds of tickets to Jets games in exchange for a $250,000 advertising contract at MTS Centre. Most of the tickets were used by executives, board members and senior managers. Manitoba Public Insurance, Manitoba Lotteries and Manitoba Hydro also had Jets season tickets.