Christy Clark says she is going to require more transparency around political fundraising.
She wants to introduce what she is calling “real-time” disclosure of political contributions.
Why is this happening now?
Because it was recently revealed the BC Liberals, as part of their fundraising efforts for the 2017 election, campaign have been holding exclusive gatherings with the Premier at costs of as much as $20,000 a person.
She mentioned it in passing at press conference in Williams Lake
She told local media she would be asking the Chief Electoral Officer of B.C. to change the law in the province so that we can log in the donations in real time.
She says that people should be able to see when donations come in to political parties, not just once a year.
Now it’s worth nothing that none of these types of events go against finance laws.
But some are questioning the optics of that. Who are some? The NDP.
BC NDP leader John Horgan, told CKNW today that he wants to table a bill banning corporate and union political donations entirely.
He also told the Globe and Mail that it seems like an issue of ethics.
“The BC Liberals raise a substantial amount of their money this way, and it makes the public question whether they are working in the public interest or for their donors. That is why we want to take big money out of politics.”
But that statement right there from Horgan stinks of hypocrisy.
Mr. Horgan confirmed in an interview that his party has organized a fundraising breakfast that will cost attendees $2,000.
He told the Globe & Mail that he is doing it because “the field is the field. … These are the ground rules as they exist, and the Liberals are doing this sort of thing on a far, far bigger scale than we are.”
“You’re entitled to support a political party,” Mr. Horgan said. “You’re not entitled to buy access.”
But he’s doing the exact same thing as the BC Liberals so there is zero place for the NDP to call them out.
All political parties do this, they always have, if you have money you can buy access, and if you get access you can influence.
So for one party to call out another party for doing the exact same thing as them is redundant.
Clark’s idea, although an obvious reaction to people questioning the morals of letting people buy access, is actually a good idea that could have far reaching effects on the political landscape
As it stands we get a list of political donors maybe a few days before an election, or in some municipal cases, months after.
Real time reporting of political donations for the public to see is a great thing, and it should be applauded.
It’s another, albeit small tool to keep track of who is lining who’s pockets.
We know political influence happens, on all sides of politics.
If Horgan truly believed that the way the BC Liberals were raising money was the axis of evil, then why is he playing in the same sandbox?
Lead by example and make an announcement that the BC NDP will not be accepting corporate & union donations for the 2017 political run.
Until you do that and set the example we can’t take your statements seriously, the hypocrisy here is blinding.
Leaders lead by example, there was no example set here.
You basically are saying, we don’t like the way they raise money, but because the rules say we can we’re going to raise money the exact same way they did.
This time the NDP missed the mark on something that had the potential to turn this into a political win for them.
But they decided the status quo also suits them.