SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2013) -
"As a British Columbian and a local activist, I urge B.C. Premier Christy Clark, to sell or contract out the Times of India Awards proposed in April-2013. Inviting actors from Bollywood, whereas our film industry is striving to exist here in B.C., with a hefty $11 million tag to the residents of B.C., whereas I personally feel there are enough Entertinment Promoters, local and international, who can contract out from B.C. Government and make it commercial. We do not wish to Pay for it as British Columbians, even though it will be great event for lovers of Indian Cinema and us.
"As an Immigrant from India, now a citizen of Canada, I strongly feel this is a serious attempt to woo ethnic votes and in this economy should not be a burden on B.C. residents, when the Bollywood Industry has enough money to do such events with commercial dollars. This is the first time any Provincial Govt. is spending on Bollywood. No state in India even has such policy. It is a commercial private entertainment business. Lets contract out TOIFA-Awards & save over 11 million dollars for education, transportation and healthcare. I strongly disagree on the Premier's idea and join thousands of B.C. taxpayers, who refuse to pay for the TOIFA-Awards."
Vikram Bajwa, Ex-Candidate Mayor-Surrey 2011