Integrity BC’s Executive Director Dermod Travis says with the provincial election around the corner, Elections BC made the right call by handing its investigation into indirect donations to the RCMP.
But Travis says, he doesn’t think the situation will be resolved by May 9.
“And I would caution the RCMP from resolving it before the election, which may sound strange, but they’re in a no-win position. If they come out and give a clean bill of health, there’s gonna be a whole group of people who say ‘you’re trying to influence the election.’ If they come out and charge a whole group of people, you’re gonna have the same impact but from a different group of people.”
He says the best thing to do is handle the situation quietly and thoroughly.
“And that we come up with a system so that it doesn’t happen again. This is not isolated, this is not isolated to two or three individuals. Large number of individuals have been doing this and it’s going to take the RCMP some time to go through their donations, find time to meet with them and go through the whole story.”
This comes after a Globe and Mail investigation alleged indirect donations (where individuals were reimbursed by their employers) were made to the B.C. Liberal Party.
Such donations are not allowed under the Elections Act.
The party’s internal investigation found 43 such donations dating back to 2011.
The NDP refunded around $10,000 for two indirect donations the week before last.
The B.C. Liberals have told CKNW they’re refunding nearly $93,000 where donations were made by personal credit cards.
Travis was a guest on CKNW Weekend with Charmaine de Silva.