The Criminal Justice Branch has appointed lawyer David Butcher to help provide legal advice to the RCMP with the investigation into indirect political contributions and other possible violations of the B.C. Election Act.
This comes just a few weeks after Elections B.C. announced it was handing its investigation over to Mounties.
The allegation stemmed from a Globe and Mail article, where at least two lobbyists said they’d purchased tickets to B.C. Liberal Party fundraisers on behalf of corporations who were then reimbursed by their company.
Both the NDP and the Liberals have said they would be looking over their books to ensure donors were following the rules.
The Liberals have said they would refund nearly $100,000 in 43 indirect political donations.
The NDP said it would be returning two indirect donations totalling about $10,000.
“We have the Wild West of political fundraising”
NDP leader John Horgan is now reacting to the appointment of a special prosecutor, and he touches on a familiar theme.
“We have the Wild West of political fundraising here in British Columbia and the Liberals could have done something about this and they chose not to.”
He says the NDP tabled legislation six times that would have banned big money in politics.
“We wouldn’t have a need for an RCMP investigation, wouldn’t have a need for a costly special prosecutor.”
He says the B.C. Liberals should have focused on the people and the issues, rather than having millions.
With files from Terry Schintz