Less than two months away from a provincial election, and it seems the issue of political donations to parties has taken the spotlight.
The B.C. Liberals say it reports fundraising donations in ‘real time,’ so can we expect the official opposition to do the same before voting day?
B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan was asked that question by CKNW, but he said real-time disclosure was something the Liberal had concocted as a way to get through the election.
“You can take that as we do disclose annually, Elections B.C. discloses contributions to all political parties annually. People who are interested in the size of donations can see that readily on the Elections B.C. website.”
Pressed again for a yes or no answer, he said many parties do the same.
“Take it as a yes or no, however you like it. We disclose annually, as does the Conservative party, the Marijuana Party, Libertarian Party, and the Liberal Party.”
On Monday, Premier Christy Clark and her government tabled a bill to require real-time reporting of political donations within five days of an event.
The issue of political donations has come to light after lobbyists admitted to buying BC Liberal fundraising tickets on behalf of corporations.