Port Coquitlam mayor Brad West's Steelworkers salary revealed in union disclosure to U.S. government

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      The mayor of Port Coquitlam earned two six-figure salaries in 2019.

      According to the city's website, Brad West collects $135,764 in annual remuneration as the top local elected official. That includes a $7,924 per annum transportation allowance.

      On top of that, West earned another $115,223 in salary as a staffer with the Steelworkers union in 2019, according to an LM-2 form filed with the U.S. Department of Labor this spring.

      The form states that 20 percent of West's work with the Steelworkers in 2019 involved "Political Organizing and Lobbying".

      The union paid another $16,455 in disbursements in relation to West's work, bringing the total amount to $131,678.

      Last year, a U.S. Department of Labor spokesperson informed the Straight that the U.S. Office of Labor-Management Standards requires that LM forms be filed in U.S. dollars.

      According to Statistics Canada, the median family income in Port Coquitlam was $84,096 in 2016.

      An earlier Steelworkers' filing to the U.S. Department of Labor reveals that the union donated $25,010 in two payments to the "Brad West Mayoral Campaign" in 2017.

      West, then a city councillor, announced that he was running for mayor in late July 2018. He was elected in a landslide in October 2018 with 88 percent of the votes.

      The union disclosure form states that the address of the Brad West Mayoral Campaign was 300 3920 Norland Avenue in Burnaby. That's also the address of the United Steelworkers' District 3 office, where West is listed as the communications and political action coordinator.

      The Elections B.C. website also discloses the union's $25,010 donation to West's campaign in two installments, stating that they occurred on October 25 and October 27.

      The earlier disclosure form to the U.S. Department of Labor, on the other hand, states that these two donations adding up to $25,010 were made on November 30, 2017.

      That same date—November 30, 2017—is when the NDP government's Election Amendment Act received Royal Assent after passing through third reading in the B.C. legislature on November 22, 2017.

      The Election Amendment Act prohibited political contributions from organizations, corporations, and unions, according to a bulletin on the Elections B.C. website.


      Elections B.C. has told the Straight that its dates are correct for the $25,010 donation to Brad West's mayoral campaign in two installments. This is based on documentation, including cheques and bank deposit slips, which indicates that the money was forwarded well before the Election Amendment Act received royal assent on November 30, 2017.