We now know exactly how much money B.C.’s two major political parties will be returning in improper donations.
And for one of the pair, it’s nearly double they said it would be.
Numbers from Elections B.C. show the BC NDP are returning $10,500 to donors.
Meanwhile, across the aisle, the BC Liberals will be returning $174,313.
That figure is substantially higher than the $92,000 the Liberals said they’d be returning less than a month ago.
Andrew Watson with Elections BC says all parties must file amendments if necessary.
“[If a party] becomes aware that information disclosed in their original report has changed or their original report did not completely or accurately disclose the required information.”
The issue surfaced when it was revealed that lobbyists were buying tickets to BC Liberal fundraisers on behalf of corporations, and then being reimbursed.
That practice of making so-called “indirect donations” is against the BC Elections Act, and forced a review by both parties of their donations records.
Last month, the RCMP took over the investigation into improper donations, however, it is not expected to be complete before the election.
Big money donations have become a simmering issue, with critics accusing the governing B.C. Liberals of “pay to play” for their pricey fundraisers granting face to face access to the Premier.
Allegations of conflict of interest were also raised when it emerged the Premier was receiving a $50,000 salary top up for her presence at the events; in January Christy Clark said she would no longer take the stipend.