Thursday, May 24, 2018

Saskatchewan minister hawking Jets tickets says they were for a friend

This week, the Minister of Finance of Saskatchewan Ken Shevelauff was not the first time connected with questions about tickets to the hockey game of Winnipeg Jets.

The last kerfuffle includes a photo published on Tuesday on Twitter. This shows that Cheveldayoff is trying to unload two tickets before the game of the 5th series of the Jets / Knights Western Conference playoffs.

This incident recalls more consistent disputes. Cheveldayoff was in mid-2014. Now Chevaldayoff changed its story about this incident, which became known as "Ticketgate".

Earlier this week, people on Twitter wondered why the cabinet minister, who is also brother of Jets GM Kevin Cheveldauff, was buying tickets for the games.

"I did not mow down them," Sheveldayev explained in a telephone interview. "I was just helping a friend."

He said that he bought tickets for a friend on his credit card and that their brother did not provide. He said that his friend canceled at the last minute, so he sold tickets "just below face value."

He said that his brother never gave him free tickets to the Jets games.

"I pay for every ticket with a credit card," Cheveldov said. "I pay for every ticket all the time."

He said that he considers it "cheerful" that "people have nothing better to do than worry that I'm selling a ticket to a hockey game."

Questions about tickets were also ahead and in the center several years ago, when there was controversy around Chevelhaoff, and then Prime Minister of the PDP "Manitoba" Greg Selinger.

In December 2011, both politicians played Jets together in a luxury box owned by True North, the company that owns airplanes and arenas.

The following year it became clear that some ministers of the cabinet of Manitoba and the leaders of Crown received free tickets for the Jets games.

The leader of the Manitoba opposition at that time asked Selinger whether he had received any ticket that he did not pay in person, and he replied: "No".

The controversy resumed in November 2014, as Selinger was at the center of an internal battle for his leadership, and questions were raised about his possible connection with Ticketgate.

At that time, Global News asked Cheveldayoff to pay a Premier ticket for this 2011 game.

"We each paid for our own ticket - he had his ticket and he paid for it," Chewelldayoff told Global News in a telephone interview.

But the next day in the legislature Selingers offered another story. He apologized for the "unintentional" misrepresentation of the legislature, without revealing that it was Cheveldoff who actually paid for this ticket in a luxurious box.

"I offered to pay for the ticket directly, but I was refused, and instead I made a donation to non-profit housing," he said in a statement of the Council members on November 21, 2014. He said that the donation was for 300 dollars.

He said that it was a luxury box, he made a donation to the True North charitable foundation instead of the ticket price. The CBC asked if he had a charitable receipt for this donation, but he said he did not ask for it, and he does not remember the amount he paid.

The CBC asked why he did not tell the reporter of Global News that he himself had bought a ticket to Selinger. He explained that he and Selinger understand that the then prime minister will collect the bill for the next game.

"Politicians are people first. I took a friend into the game, and instead of paying, he said that he would take me later, "Chevellauff explained. "Technically, did he pay for his ticket? No, he did not. But he gave me an obligation that he pay for it. "

When asked if he and Selinger ever went to another game together, he said "no."

Cheveldayoff says that "it's funny" that the CBC asks questions about this story.

"Seven years," Cheveldayev said.

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