Paul Pearson, touting First Nations version of Canadian Idol, ran fake trade show
Meanwhile, the company that owns the licence to Canadian Idol says the man behind the purported talent contest, who has a record of several convictions for fraud, must stop misusing its brand.
A CBC News investigation has revealed that a website called First Nations Auditions, run by Paul Pearson, is using the name of the television show and has been soliciting $150 audition fees and promising a $50,000 top prize.
Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief Union of BC Indian Chiefs, had harsh words for Pearson’s contest.
“I think it’s very disgusting, very unethical, very sleazy,” Phillip said.