An investigation has been launched into complaints about B.C. politicians raising funds by selling access to exclusive events.
NDP MLA David Eby was one of two complainants to provincial Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser; his complaint regarding pricey meet-and-greet fundraising dinners.
“I’m incredibly concerned that a person with access to the levers of power and decisions around government contracts is having private, unpublished fundraisers for $10,000 to $20,000 per ticket selling private access.”
Eby says he hopes Fraser will now conduct a thorough investigation like a similar one done in Ontario.
“I think she’s crossed the line, and I’ve asked the Conflict of Interest commissioner to look into it and he’ll be investigating, apparently.”
“It’s my hope that he will contact some of the people who attended these parties and ask them what was offered, what was promised, in exchange for this $20,000 ticket to attend a small party with the Premier.”
Eby wants clarification on the rules around fundraising events and the policy on selling and granting access.
For her part, Premier Christy Clark has said she’s more interested in meeting people at such events than knowing how much they paid to attend.
The Premier recently pledged legislation for more transparency around political fundraising, but stopped short of following Ontario’s move to ban them entirely.
Financial statements from Elections BC showed the BC Liberals raked in $10-million dollars in political contributions last year, compared to the NDP’s $3-million.
Read David Eby’s complaint to Commissioner Paul Fraser