Deputy Premier Rich Coleman is calling an article from The New York Times “laughable.”
The Times published an article on Jan. 13 about the B.C. Liberals “pay for play” fundraisers.
Coleman defended his party, speaking with CKNW‘s Simi Sara, saying the article was wrong in stating the conflict commissioner was a donor.
That assertion seems to fly in the face of publicly available filings through Elections BC.
He dispelled accusations involving conflict-of-interest commissioner Paul Fraser donating to the party, saying it was all done “at arms-length.”
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“To make the accusations that were made, not knowing that the conflict commissioner never did donate to the party… I thought that was weak.”
He also says it was a “funny” choice for the outlet to focus on B.C. in the first place.
“The one thing I thought that was weak, but I also find it quite laughable, after watching people spend a billion dollars to run for the presidency of the United States and the money they raised down there… You know it’s quite funny to me that The New York Times would focus out on British Columbia,” Coleman says.
The report from The Times comes while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has faced criticism for holding the same style of events.
During a CKNW interview with Lynda Steele, Trudeau said those fundraisers don’t break any government rules, and that those restrictions are in fact tougher in Canada than anywhere else.
With files from Caleb Harder
Updated to include link to Paul Fraser and John Paul Fraser donations filings.