B.C.’s conflict of interest commissioner has ruled that Premier Christy Clark broke no rules with pricey fundraisers — for a second time.
NDP MLA David Eby launched the complaint, along with a similar one in April, and says it shows the system is broken.
“I continue to be disappointed in B.C.’s conflict of interest legislation, I thought it was much stronger than the commissioner says that it is. I thought that it would regulate this kind of conduct. But if this is the state of the law clearly it needs to be updated to make this kind of conduct illegal.”
The new complaint relates to a $10,000 donation at last September’s “beans and jeans” fundraiser.
Commissioner Paul Fraser says this time, as in April, the premier derived no private interest from the donation.
Let off the hook for previous complaint
Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser ruled that Clark’s pricey fundraisers, sometimes pulling in as much as $20,000 a head, do not constitute a conflict.
Fraser said of the April complaint, “helping to boost the Party’s financial well-being is a political benefit, rather than a private financial one.”
He also said there is no evidence to suggest Clark earns a commission based on how much money is raised.
“While it is a financial benefit paid directly to the Premier, it is paid by the Party from general funds and is not attributable to any one donor or group of donors.”