Less than two months before the next provincial election, NDP Leader John Horgan has asked Premier Christy Clark to introduce legislation banning corporate and union donations to B.C. political parties.
In a letter to the premier released today, Horgan asks Clark to do this on Monday (March 13).
It comes in the wake of Elections B.C. asking the RCMP to investigate whether lobbyists made donations to political parties in their own name on behalf of clients.
Under the Election Act, indirect political contributions are illegal.
You can read Horgan's letter below:
March 11, 2017
The Honourable Christy Clark
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
Dear Premier Clark:
In light of this week's revelations about Liberal fundraising practices, international news coverage about the "wild west" of BC's political cash, and now an RCMP investigation, British Columbians are demanding immediate action to fix the problem of big money's influence on government.
As the last pre-election sitting of the House draws to a close, I urge you to introduce on Monday legislation that bans union and corporate donations, puts a cap on donations, and bans foreign donations.
As you know, BC’s Opposition New Democrats have introduced such legislation six times. You are welcome to use our bills as groundwork for Government legislation banning big money next week.
BC has been embarrassed internationally for your Government’s refusal to ban the influence of big money in our democracy.
If you introduce such legislation Monday, I assure you the New Democrat Official Opposition will work to ensure its speedy passage. Nothing less will do, Premier. You have the power to fix the problem of big money's influence on government this week if you choose.
Let's get it done. I look forward to hearing back from you.
John Horgan, Leader
New Democrat Official Opposition