The Premier wants more transparency when it comes to who is donating to political parties and how much they are giving.
Christy Clark says she will go to Elections BC to make changes to how political donations are reported and seen by the public.
“I am going to be asking our Chief Electoral Officer to help us change the law in the province so we can log donations in real time. People should be able to see when donations come into political parties not just at the end of the year, not just once a year, they should see it happening throughout the year.”
She says the changes will add to the public’s sense of confidence.
“That’s something we’ve never done in British Columbia before but it would help I think make the process more transparent, and I think it would do a lot to add to the public sense of confidence that political parties are doing the right thing for them.”
She did not specify when these changes would be made.
Horgan wants more
However, BC NDP leader John Horgan wants to table a bill banning corporate political donations entirely.
“You limit donations to individuals, you limit the size of those donations, and annually you disclose what they are. That’s administratively the least costly option, and it’s the best way to take special interests out of politics.”
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Horgan says the figure on a cap of donations would be determined later.
He says a private bill tabled by the NDP was shot down earlier, but will be tabling it once again.
“If the Premier was serious about electoral finance reform, she would adopt the legislation and we could get big money out of politics next week.”
Horgan says disclosure isn’t the issue, it’s big money donations in politics.