June 8, 2012 – Statement From Wally Oppal, Commissioner

I recently attended a public entertainment event at BC Place. During this event, I had the occasion to briefly speak with a person that, unbeknownst to me, is reportedly a member of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club.

Not being aware of this person’s reported affiliations, I had a casual conversation with him. I am often stopped by members of the public for a brief conversation or asked to take photos with them. I accommodate these requests whenever possible. Had I known that this person was reportedly a member of the Hell’s Angels, I would not have had even this brief exchange with him.

While this exchange was of no substance, when I learned of the reported affiliation of this person, I felt it was necessary to communicate what happened to MWCI Participants.

Of course, this brief, chance exchange in a public venue does not have any impact or influence on the report and recommendations I will develop.