It appears even the New York Times has caught wind of the millions in free-flowing dollars in political donations in British Columbia.
A story from Times reporter Dan Levin is headlined: “British Columbia: The ‘Wild West’ of Canadian Political Cash.”
The report highlights that Premier Christy Clark can top up her salary of $195,000 dollars with up to $50,000 a year, financed by political donations to the BC Liberals, and also that B.C’s conflict of interest commissioner has contributed to the party and his son serves in the cabinet.
Those touchy subjects have landed the Commissioner in court, as watchdog group Democracy Watch seeks to have a 2016 ruling clearing the premier of conflict turfed.
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The Times also focuses on how B.C. doesn’t place limits on political contributions, even as corporate and union donations have been banned in other provinces.
Yesterday, the BC Liberals began voluntary “real time” disclosure of political donations, which includes a look at all of 2016, as well as the first weeks of 2017.
That disclosure shows the Liberals raked in $12.3-million last year, just under $8-million of that from corporations.
The disclosure does not detail which donations (or portions thereof) flowed to the party for controversial pricey fundraising dinners attended by the premier, some with price tags as high as $20,000.