During the recent provincial election campaign, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver made a big deal about the two major parties accepting corporate and union donations.
In fact, it was a major calling card of the B.C. Greens for nearly a year.
“When the B.C. Green Party banned corporate and union donations in September, we knew it was a risk, but we did it because it was the right thing to do,” Weaver said in a January 16 news release.
But today, Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason revealed that Weaver's party "was hitting up a prominent member of the Vancouver development community and major BC Liberal Party donor for a $30,000 contribution". The developer reportedly turned the party down.
On May 18, the B.C. Greens issued a news release saying they raised more than $1.26 million "since banning corporate and union donations on September 28, 2016".
"It was the only major party to refuse money from special interests throughout the 2017 election campaign, and has made a legislated ban one of three non-negotiable requirements for supporting a party to form government after last week’s election," the B.C. Greens declared this week.
Meanwhile their defeated candidate in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, Jerry Kroll, is CEO of Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.
A three-wheel Solo car manufactured by Electra Meccanica Vehicle Corp. was used to promote the B.C. Green party.
Kroll's disclosure form listed the company as one of his assets, but he did not include any individual vehicles as assets.
Another vehicle carrying the name Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. was used to promote Kroll's candidacy.
If either of these vehicles are owned by a corporation, there's a legal requirement that they be disclosed as in-kind corporate contributions to the B.C. Greens if these promotions are deemed to be worth more than $250 in a reporting period.