An investigation into indirect political donations has now been handed over to the RCMP from Elections B.C.
Elections BC says it’s turning in files to the RCMP to make sure there’s no way the May 9 provincial election is compromised and with the scope of the matter, Mounties are better of probing the allegations.
Dermod Travis with Integrity BC calls it a major move by Elections BC.
While an RCMP investigation can take a while, Travis is hoping for some public information before voting day.
“The RCMP could find a means whenever they have identified who the real donor is behind what looks like hundreds of thousands of dollars in potentially allegedly illegal donations, that they could potentially release that information, so voters will have as much information as possible.”
He says Elections BC doesn’t typical hand over filed to the RCMP.
This all stems from a Globe and Mail article, where at least two lobbyists revealed they purchased tickets to BC Liberal Party Fundraisers on behalf of corporations and were then being reimbursed, which is illegal.
Following the initial story, BC NDP Leader John Horgan says he asked party officials to look over the NDP’s books to ensure all donors donated legally following rules under the election act.
Meanwhile, Integrity B.C.’s executive director Dermod Travis calls the move by Elections BC a ‘major’ one right before the election.
“I would presume that they have found something that has put them in the position of realizing that they can’t do both the election and the investigation and what they have found is serious enough to call the RCMP.
With files from Ria Renouf and Gord MacDonald