Andrew Weaver statement on B.C. NDP corporate donor strategy

November 24, 2016

VICTORIA B.C. – B.C. NDP leader John Horgan will host a “Resource Industry Reception” this evening in Vancouver with tickets costing as much as $10,000 for corporate donors. The event is invite-only and not included on the party’s website event listings. Dogwood, a nonpartisan citizen action network in B.C., has launched an online petition and email campaign calling attention to this event.

“I am greatly disturbed by the B.C. NDP’s duplicity when it comes to banning big money in B.C.,” said Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party. “Big money has a corrupting influence in British Columbia; the B.C. NDP has berated the B.C. Liberals time and time again for this practice, while quietly participating in it themselves. Earlier this year, the B.C. NDP made headlines for calling out Premier Clark for her $10,000 a plate fundraisers. Now Mr. Horgan is doing the exact same thing.

“Fundamentally, big money is a trust issue. We cannot trust politicians who are elected with donations from companies that stand to benefit from government decisions. To campaign on eliminating this practice while benefiting from it is egregious. The B.C. Green Party banned big money in September for this reason – it was the only honest thing to do.”

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Media contact
Mat Wright, Press Secretary, Office of Andrew Weaver, MLA
+1 250-216-3382 | mat.wright@bcgreens.ca

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