Premier Christy Clark says her government is looking to create a panel to investigate political fundraising in B.C.
But what does this mean, two months before the provincial election?
Clark’s announcement shows the BC Liberals sensed political donations had become enough of an election threat it had to be addressed.
So says Global BC Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey, who says we’ve seen this song and dance before.
“Very similar to the housing situation if you recall. First, the BC Liberals had said there was nothing to see here folks, there’s no problem, and then moved to implement a number of measures [such as the foreign buyer’s tax and first-time home buyers’ program] and I think the parallel here is that first they didn’t think this was an issue and heading into a campaign I don’t think they want to take a chance with the voters that this is not an issue.”
Baldrey suggests the BC NDP will continue to bang the ‘ban the big money’ drum, but says other issues will rise to the forefront during the campaign.
“Whether it resonates with voters outside the NDP constituency is the big unknown question and that’s the big gamble the NDP are likely to try to use here.”
Clark pledged that an independent panel to review political fundraising would be established, if the BC Liberals win in May.