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

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.

But BC Liberal donors and loyalists are pervasive throughout BC’s many public agencies. Last year, the group Integrity BC examined 33 public agencies, from BC Lottery Corp. to Translink, and found 166 of 248 Directors were either BC Liberal donors or connected to the party. And, 35 of the 58 provincial or regional health board members were the same.

The reach of the BC Liberal party bagmen and women extend also to our universities. At UBC, 9 of the 11 governors appointed by the BC Liberals made donations to the party. Simon Fraser University Chancellor Anne Giardini hosted a $10,000 a plate fundraising dinner for the BC Liberals at her home.

Pay to play is the norm when it comes to the BC Liberals’ running of public agencies in BC, all in service of raising cash for the party and keeping those agencies compliant with Christy Clark’s agenda. Does that sound like a well-functioning democracy to you?

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



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