The Canadian Press
Atlantic regional general news, Tuesday, May 29, 2001
N.B. premier tightlipped on return from meeting in Sweden of world's elite
The Canadian Press
FREDERICTON (CP) - Premier Bernard Lord was saying little Tuesday about his return from a secretive meeting in Sweden with many of the world's most influential people.
Whatever happened during the premier's four-day excursion to the exclusive Bilderberg Group meeting will be kept a secret.
However, Lord said the summit provided him an opportunity to rub elbows with the 100 of the world's intellectual and political elite.
"It certainly allowed me to be able to hear different perspectives and ideas from a wide range of people from North American and Europe," the premier said a day after his return.
"It gives me a better understanding of world issues and how those trends can effect New Brunswick. It helped me meet some people that may want to do business in New Brunswick eventually."
The controversial annual Bilderberg meetings bring together a variety of elite individuals from business, politics and academy. Past participants have included former U.S. president Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna.
While the premier couldn't divulge what was discussed at the meetings, he said it was $2,400 of taxpayers dollars well spent - even if he still doesn't know why he was invited.
"I'm just happy I was invited and I think it was a good decision to take the time and go," he said. "It was beneficial to myself as premier, and in return it will be to the province of New Brunswick."
(Moncton Times and Transcript)
Subject(s) - The Canadian Press : Politics; International
Hour of publication: 20:10
Length: Short, 200 words
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