A nonprofit watchdog group has called on the B.C. Liberals to stop having corporations sponsor fundraising events.
Integrity B.C. has claimed that Belkorp Environmental Services and Capital Power paid for free meals for B.C. Liberal members at a John Les Appreciation Dinner.
Les, a former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister who represented Chilliwack in the legislature, later became a lobbyist for Belkorp.
"Athletes are sponsored," Integrity B.C. executive director Dermod Travis said in a June 8 news release. "Cultural groups are sponsored. Political parties should not be sponsored, whether it's by a corporation or a union."
Belkorp stands to lose a great deal of revenue from its waste-disposal site in Cache Creek if Metro Vancouver proceeds with a plan to incinerate up to 500,000 tonnes of garbage per year.
The greatest opposition to Metro Vancouver's plan has come from the Fraser Valley, where local politicians have been complaining about the potential impact on their air quality.
Capital Power is an Alberta-based power producer behind the Quality Wind project near Tumbler Ridge, B.C. It sells electricity to B.C. Hydro.