Part of our BC Liberals' Dirty Dozen Donations series.
Here’s another under-reported story in the world of BC’s money-corrupted political system (hey, media, keep digging!):
Want a stipend to serve on the board of one of BC’s hundreds of public agencies? Then get out your wallet and give some of that money back to the BC Liberal Party for appointing you!
One of the highest profile examples is Brad Bennett, appointed by Christy Clark to the Chair of BC Hydro, and who is now actively and publicly campaigning with the BC Liberals. He joins CEO Jessica McDonald at BC Hydro, another BC Liberal loyalist who is presiding over the politically-driven Site-C boondoggle and the hiding of massive amounts of new debt.
Fourth in our BC Liberals Dirty Dozen Donations series.
In the midst of fundraising scandals, the BC Liberals used vans with tinted windows to shuttle rich donors into a $5,000-a-plate dinner with Christy Clark at swanky Mission Hill Winery.
These are called “cash for access” events where people willing to give big money get to hob nob with elected decision makers, leaving regular voters out in the cold, and thereby subverting our democracy.
But Christy Clark and the BC Liberals love these events and do lots of them, using them to raise the majority of their $13 million last year.
Third in our BC Liberals’ Dirty Dozen Donations series
Here’s an under-reported story about the BC Liberals’ #1 biggest donor, mining giant Teck (almost $3 million since 2005).
It’s less attention grabbing than the all-at-once disaster at Mt. Polley, but there’s a slower moving mining pollution disaster unfolding in the rivers of Southeastern BC, flowing also across the border into the U.S..
For years, Teck’s coal mines have been sending pollutants into local waterways, including selenium that is toxic to fish. Environment Canada found levels of selenium so high in the Fording River that fish were being born with deformed gills, spines, and craniums. The increasing levels of selenium even drew a rebuke from the U.S. EPA.
Then, Teck wanted to expand its Line Creek coal mine, with a permit for five times the level of selenium than the level set in BC’s water quality guidelines for aquatic fish.