With a new year ahead and a provincial election looming, B.C.’s Green leader says cash for access events need to come to an end now.
Andrew Weaver says all parties should have a level playing field.
Weaver says the B.C. Liberals are off to an expensive start in 2017, with two events in February featuring Premier Christy Clark and Cabinet Minister Peter Fassbender costing anywhere from one thousand dollars to $2500 for a VIP seat.
“It’s just out of touch with British Columbians. How can the average British Columbian, the average person who votes actually get access to the Premier or a Minister unless they pay a ridiculous amount of money? And you know they are being paid by unions and large corporations who are buying the tickets.”
Christy Clark and the Liberals have received backlash for exclusive, cash-for-access fundraisers in the past, sometimes pulling in in as much as $20,000 a head.
And as for the opposition, a quick search on the BC NDP website shows no ‘cash for access’ type of events so far for 2017.
The B.C. NDP has said it’s opposed to such events, and maintain if elected in the spring, the party would change rules around political fundraising.