This will be interesting to watch; New Democrat Leader Carole James has tabled a campaign finance reform bill that would change the way B.C.’s political parties are financed. The key change? Only citizens will be able to contribute to political parties. And that means that unions and corporations cannot contribute.
“We have the opportunity to make British Columbia a leader in democratic reform, to rebuild public faith and public confidence in institutions of government. These campaign finance reforms are key to B.C.’s democratic renewal,” said James.
The NDP are often accused of being controlled by the unions that contribute to their political campaigns. So if the NDP are proposing campaign finance reform that would eliminate the contributions that unions make to the NDP, would you not just assume that the BC Liberals would welcome that opportunity? After all, that would get big labour out of the political process.
Of course the other part of the campaign finance reform bill that NDP leader Carole James has introduced would eliminate the contributions that big business can make to political parties. This side of things might not sit so well with the BC Liberals, after all, business groups (and lawyers who get to be appointed Special Prosecutors) tend to be pretty generous to the BC Liberal cause.
Funny how it is rarely a concern that the BC Liberals might be beholden to or controlled by the business groups who contribute to their political campaigns.
It will be fun to see just how much traction this private members’ bill receives in the BC Liberal controlled legislature.