For NPA and Vision Vancouver, transparency won't extend to disclosing donations before voting day
A week ago, I wrote a column challenging NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe to release financial donations within a week of the money coming in.
This would be easy to do in our modern electronic age.
Keep in mind that LaPointe has made transparency a central pillar of his campaign.
But a week later, lo and behold, there's no promise about disclosing who's writing the cheques to finance his campaign.
To follow up on the column, I posted an online survey on Straight.com asking the following question:
Should municipal political parties publicly disclose financial donations on a website within a week of them being received?
Today when I checked, 93 percent of respondents had answered "yes".
So there you have it, folks. The public wants political parties to reveal who's paying the bills before voting day on November 15.
But the parties themselves likely won't open their books until 120 days after voting day because that's what's required under the law.
I'll close with a comment by a person calling himself Nelson100, which appeared below my last article. I suspect that Nelson100 isn't alone with this sentiment.
We know who is financing the Vision and NPA campaigns, the development industry. The previous election's record breaking expenditures were simply two opposing groups of developers trying to win control of rezoning giveaways. The best thing Vancouver voters can do next election is throw both of them out of office.