NDP leader John Horgan wants the 'big money' out of B.C. politics

B.C. Liberals, NDP fight over fundraisers

Big spenders attend private events with Premier Christy Clark, NDP leader John Horgan

NDP leader John Horgan plans to renew his party’s call to get the “big money” out of B.C. politics, after collecting his own share at a $5,000-a-plate breakfast in Toronto this week.

Horgan’s fundraiser came as NDP critics were accusing Premier Christy Clark of selling access to her government, with a $10,000-a-plate private dinner in Vancouver.

Horgan said when the legislature session resumes next week, he intends to re-introduce a bill to ban all corporate and union donations to political parties. It will be the fifth time the NDP has called for the change, which would restrict parties to individual donations only.

Clark, whose B.C. Liberal Party reaps far more in corporate donations than the NDP typically receives from unions, now says she wants “real time” disclosure of donations to parties, and will ask B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer to make that change.

Both parties have followed the letter of the current law, which requires annual disclosure. In election years, it means voters don’t find out who has financed campaigns until after the election.

“They should happen throughout the year,” Clark said Thursday. “It would help make the process more transparent.”

Horgan replied that greater transparency avoids the issue of private access to government decision-makers in exchange for big donations. He said the NDP will continue to follow the current law and make only annual disclosures until the rules change for everyone.

“If [Clark] was genuine about taking big money out, or the access question or the influence question, she could support our private member’s bill or she could bring one of her own forward,” Horgan said.

Alberta NDP Premer Rachel Notley banned corporate and union donations as soon as her government was elected last year, but has since faced criticism for participating in private gatherings with individuals paying $5,000 or more to attend.

 

Just Posted

Team Canada athlete pens open letter to City of Victoria about Crystal Pool

Karmen McNamara says an extended closure of the recreation facility would be ‘devastating’

Bluegrass Christmas concert sparks season of giving

Tenth annual show and fundraiser held on Dec. 1 at Cordova Bay United Church

Victoria’s Wild ARC facility welcomes new roof thanks to a rush of donations

The animal rehabilitation centre was in desperate need of repairs after 21 years

Victoria’s vacancy rate predicted to rise above one per cent

Rental rates will continue to rise, despite more availability

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Most Read