Vancouver – Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson, the Minister in charge of ad spending for the B.C. Liberals , will sit down with the Auditor General Thursday as the government faces scrutiny for spending millions of tax payer dollars on promos.
Ahead of the meeting Wilkinson was asked if the government did in fact spend 15 million dollars on advertisements.
Wilkinson danced around the question.
“The budget approved last spring was $8.5 Million and then we were faced with the opioid crisis which came up in the fall and also the budgetary announcement about the reduction in MSP fees which requires registration, so the budget was increased to accommodate both those issues later in the year.”
When asked what will be discussed at the meeting he said,”I expect we will have conversation about what they perceive is the mandate in the way forward.”
The auditor general has said there are no plans for an audit.
Two Vancouver lawyers launched a lawsuit last week alleging the government’s pre-election advertising unfairly benefits the incumbent Liberal party.