Premier Christy Clark tours Downie Timber mill in Revelstoke July 13

B.C. Liberals to report donors sooner

Premier Christy Clark vows 'real time' disclosure before next election, but NDP's John Horgan says only people should be allowed to donate

The B.C. Liberal Party will begin voluntarily reporting its political donations in January, with reports every two weeks in the months leading up to next year’s provincial election.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong said legislation to improve reporting of corporate, union and personal donations won’t be ready in time, so Premier Christy Clark has asked the party to begin reporting as close to “real time” as is practical.

The current annual reports of donations leave voters in the dark about the most intensive fundraising period until after elections are over.

De Jong announced the change as the legislature was being called back to give Vancouver authority to put additional property tax on vacant homes. NDP leader John Horgan said reporting big donations isn’t the issue, banning them is, and the government could do that any time.

“It’s nonsense, absolute nonsense, for Mr. de Jong to call us back in the middle of summer to address tweaking around the edges of the real estate crisis, and then say we’re too busy to bring in legislation to ban big donations from unions and corporations,” Horgan said.

 

Just Posted

Woman charged in Saanichton stabbing

One man treated for injuries, released from hospital following Friday assault

Saanich’s Red Lion Inn receives council’s blessing for extended liquor hours

Extension comes more than two years after a major fire

Province continues to investigate Saanich’s Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

Investigation stems from May 2 incident that turned Colquitz River ‘chocolate brown’

Avid Victoria cyclist’s legacy bike ride helps fund end-of-life care

2019 Denis Muloin Ride for Palliative Care invites cyclists for May 26 fundraiser

VIDEO: Fun without sun: Hundreds enjoy Family Fest on Victoria Day

Families enjoy activities in Veterans Memorial Park

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read