Three unions top the spending list for political contributions made during the 2013 B.C. provincial election.
(Scroll down the page for a table ranking the top 25 donors for that campaign period.)
Those labour-group donations comprised a significant bulk of the B.C. NDP’s finances. A pair of mining companies emerged as the largest contributors to B.C. Liberal campaigns.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) sits at number one, according to financial information released today (August 19) by Elections B.C. Representing 65,000 public-sector employees, the BCGEU donated $428,684 to the NDP during the run-up to the province’s May 14 election.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ranked second. Its various divisions (excluding the Hospital Employees' Union) contributed $309,812 to the NDP during the period analyzed by the Straight of January 1, 2013 to May 14, 2013.
The Hospital Employees' Union came in third, giving $285,285 to the NDP. The HEU represents 43,000 public and private employees working in B.C.’s health-care system.
The next two spots on the list belong to the private sector with most donations going to the B.C. Liberal party.
Teck Resources Ltd. and Teck Highland Valley Copper Corp. (of which Tech Resources holds a 97.5 percent interest) gave a combined $222,400 to the Liberals and $62,500 to the NDP.
Teck Resources operates eight mines in B.C. and Alberta and bills itself as the “second largest exporter of high quality steelmaking coal to the seaborn market”. It also operates four large copper mines in Chile and Peru.
At number four, the Vancouver-based mining giant Goldcorp Inc. contributed $200,000 to the B.C. Liberals.
Goldcorp operates three large mines in Canada, including the Red Lake gold mine in Ontario, which the company boasts is the “world’s richest gold mine”. The multinational corporation also runs two mines in the United States and another six in Latin America.
Looking at totals, the B.C. Liberal party and affiliated candidates received more than the NDP, but not by much. The Liberal party took in $8,816,513 during the election’s campaign period while the NDP raised $8,291,083.
Looking at totals, the NDP and affiliated candidates surpassed the B.C. Liberals by more than $1 million. The NDP took in $10,221,315 during the election's campaign period while the B.C. Liberal party and its candidates raised $9,446,123.
The B.C. Conservatives took in $590,878 and the Greens, $301,274.
Donors contributed $20,785,153 to the big four parties during the 2013 campaign period, according to this preliminary data released by Elections B.C.
Within those totals, the Straight’s analysis looked at organizations, companies, and individuals that made at least one one-time donation of $50,000 or more, with exceptions.
The NDP clearly received the bulk of union donations. From the larger private-sector donors analyzed, the B.C. Liberals received nearly double the amount that was given to the NDP.
The numbers presented below and throughout this article are based on preliminary figures made available by Elections B.C. They may require revisions and were last updated on August 20, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.
|ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL||TO|
|1||B.C. Government & Services Employees Union (BCGEU)||428,684||428,684|
|2||Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)||309,812||309,812|
|3||Hospital Employees Union (HEU)||285,285||286,485|
|4||Teck Resources Ltd. / Teck Highland Valley Copper Corp.||222,400||62,500||284,900|
|6||New Car Dealers Association of B.C.||113,100||47,400||160,500|
|7||RPMG Holdings Ltd.||76,000||78,500||154,500|
|8||Nechako Construction Ltd.||65,000||115,000|
|9||International Forest Products Limited||112,700||112,700|
|10||B.C. and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades||108,370||108,370|
|11||Labourers Advancement Fund||107,700||107,700|
|12||Silver Wheaton Corp.||104,000||104,000|
|13||United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1518||100,050||100,050|
|15||International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 115||97,975||97,975|
|16||West Fraser Mills Ltd.||92,365||92,365|
|18||Canadian Office and Professional Employees (COPE) Local 378||83,456||83,456|
|21||Canadian Labour Congress / Pacific Division||70,225|
|22||Spectra Energy / Spectra Energy Transmission||33,000||35,000||69,000|
|23||Ledcor Industries Inc.||66,000||70,225||66,000|
|24||John S. Major||60,000||60,000|
|25||Starline Architectural Windows Ltd.||60,000||60,000|
|*Based on Elections B.C. S-A1 political contributions data combined with totals for < $250 donations declared in party financial reports.|