#5 - RCMP Investigate Lobbyist Donations To BC Liberals

Part of our BC Liberals' Dirty Dozen Donations series

You know, it’s pretty hard to break BC’s political donations laws, mainly because there almost aren’t any.

When they say BC is the “wild west” of political donations, it’s because almost anything goes. Foreign money from corrupt regimes? Bring it! Corporations and unions bankrolling political parties to undermine the principle of one person, one vote? No problem! One rich donor giving unlimited millions to his or her favourite party? Send the cheques!

So it was quite a shock when the RCMP was called in to investigate donor wrongdoing following a blockbuster Globe and Mail story.

It turns out that one of BC’s few regulations is that donors must give in their own name, and that lobbyists in particular were putting their names on donations when it was actually the corporations they worked for that were paying.

An example is Woodfibre LNG, a foreign company whose lobbyists Byng Giraud and Marian Ngo were accused of making company donations to the BC Liberals in their own name, which were on top of donations the company itself made.

The Texas oil company Kinder Morgan may also be in violation as part of its huge donations to help grease the wheels of its pipeline by Christy Clark.

In fact, the watchdog group Integrity BC sent $1.5 million in suspicious BC Liberal Party donations to the RCMP for further investigation.

Even before the RCMP investigation concludes, the BC Liberals have returned over $188,000 in donations. But, this is a drop in the bucket for the party since it brought in a total of $12.5 million in 2016, mostly from corporations. The NDP also returned two donations totaling $10,000.

All major BC political parties other than the BC Liberals have pledged to ban corporate, union, and foreign donations and to limit individual donations. Vote for change on May 9.

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Other items in this series:

#12 - BC Liberals Love Those Foreign Donations

#11 - Big Timber, Big Donations, Big Trouble

#10 - Digging Up The Gold For The BC Liberals

#9 – Tinted Windows – Cash For Access To The BC Liberals

#8 - Want a Directorship? Then Donate To The BC Liberals

#7 - We Pay Hydro Bills Of Christy Clark's LNG Donors

#6 - Living In The Lap Of Donors



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