The rich and connected appear to run British Columbia


tay
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How rich elites took over BC…and the Liberals welcomed them

If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here [in British Columbia], because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.

It’s been a fortnight since the New York Times (external - login to view) carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News (external - login to view):

Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark has been receiving from her party’s campaign chest. In the firestorm of criticism following the Times story, she has swapped her stipend for what is potentially an equally rich expense account, but the issue remains: The rich and connected appear to run British Columbia

We seem to be getting further and further away from the idea that citizens can directly influence government through traditional democratic avenues, whether it’s writing a letter or through a protest, or talking to a politician. We are shifting towards a model where the people who get access to the Premier, to the cabinet, to decisions makers are lobbyists and political donors,” Eby told me in a recent interview.

“The government recently passed legislation allowing unlimited spending until the 30-day-writ period. Previously there had been a restriction on that spending.”

“I couldn’t get my head around why this is happening until we got the results from my conflict of interests complaint and that indicated that the Premier receives a very significant personal benefit from the existing system. She gets $50,000 from the Liberal party of BC, which comes from pooled political donations to that party. So she has a $50,000 incentive, each year, to not change the system. A change in the system would mean she would not have the money to take home because the Liberal party would not have as much money.”

Dermod Travis, executive director of the public watchdog group IntegrityBC, told the New York Times (external - login to view), “When anyone anywhere in the world can donate as much as they want to the system, you have an even bigger threat to the system…What it says to people is money talks and votes don’t.”

More so because, according to a recent article in........ How rich elites took over BC...and the Liberals welcomed them -The Common Sense CanadianThe Common Sense Canadian (external - login to view)
 
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Curious Cdn
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The rich and connected appear to run the entire planet!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

The rich and connected appear to run the entire planet!

Yup. I saw the thread title and thought it was about as stunning and surprising as "Water is Wet in BC!" or "Sun Rises in the East in BC!"
 
Curious Cdn
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"Sun Rises in the East in BC!"

This has been a point of contention in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan for as long as I can remember. The polls close in Ontario and Quebec before voting finishes in BC, you know, and the Westerners are all VICTIMS as a result.
 
Cliffy
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Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

The rich and connected appear to run the entire planet!

yes. your not really shocked right?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

yes. your not really shocked right?

Tabarnac! (slaps forehead) as they say in my home province.
 
Hoof Hearted
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Isn't Vancouver known as Hong Kong North?
 
Curious Cdn
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Isn't Vancouver known as Hong Kong North?

Isn't Hong Kong known as Vancouver's waiting room?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

"Sun Rises in the East in BC!"

This has been a point of contention in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan for as long as I can remember. The polls close in Ontario and Quebec before voting finishes in BC, you know, and the Westerners are all VICTIMS as a result.

That is a fact. Often we knew who the PM was to be before we even got to vote due to the way ridings are rigged in favor of the east.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

That is a fact. Often we knew who the PM was to be before we even got to vote due to the way ridings are rigged in favor of the east.

Ridings are rigged in favour of the East because 7/8ths of the population lives there.
 
Cliffy
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petros
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You don't have any money that is your's.
 
Curious Cdn
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You don't have any money that is your's.

... the lament of every married family man ...
 

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