B.C. Liberal Finance Minister and house leader Mike de Jong speaks to reports at his legislature office Monday. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

UPDATE: B.C. Liberals expect to lose power Thursday

Greens, NDP reject debate on banning corporate donations

The B.C. Liberal government presented its own legislation to ban corporate and union donations Monday, but it was immediately voted down by the B.C. NDP and Greens.

Another bill, which would have extended official party status to the three B.C. Green MLAs, was also voted down, sight unseen, by the combined opposition parties.

As a new session of the B.C. legislature began Monday, BC Liberal house leader Mike de Jong and Premier Christy Clark said they expect to lose the vote on the B.C. Liberals’ post-election throne speech, which contained sweeping new promises taken from opposition election platforms. That vote is now expected at the end of the sitting day on Thursday.

NDP leader John Horgan and B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver have said Premier Christy Clark’s newly adopted positions on raising income assistance rates, banning bridge tolls and other recent reversals have strengthened their resolve to defeat the B.C. Liberals.

The campaign finance reforms could have been dealt with in a day with support of all MLAs, de Jong said.

“If the opposition were concerned that this is some sort of delay tactic, it is not,” he said. “The confidence vote will take place on Thursday.”

Last week’s throne speech promised measures that would restrict donations to individuals only, and others that mainly affect only the NDP, such as banning transfer of funds from a federal to a provincial party and “in kind” donations such as the transfer of union staff to work on political campaigns.

Horgan and Weaver immediately said they won’t support the B.C. Liberal bill to restrict election financing. Weaver said the party has had 16 years to address B.C.’s “outrageously lax campaign finance laws” while accepting millions in corporate donations.

“In light of our existing accord, until confidence has been tested, it would not be appropriate for us to consider debate on government bills,” Weaver said.

Horgan said Clark has already delayed calling the legislature for the confidence vote for nearly a month, as school districts approach their deadline at the end of June to submit balanced budgets.

Just Posted

B.C. man convicted in fatal boat crash awaiting appeal date

Leon Reinbrecht maintains rights breached by delays

JoeAnna’s House fundraising campaign reaches $4.5 million

Offering ‘home away from home’ for families of KGH patients

Food truck options to expand in Salmon Arm

City council votes in new food truck regulations

New commercial development coming to council

Liquor outlet and 60-seat restaurant among uses proposed by applicant

Kelowna West byelection called for Feb. 14

Four candidate race to replace departed former B.C. premier Christy Clark

Solitary-confinement veto a chance to address mental health: advocate

B.C. Supreme Court made the landmark ruling Wednesday

KIJHL prospects shine in showcase game

Top players for Kootenay and Okanagan conferences put best skate forward.

Challenge issued to ‘Read for 15’

Regional district libraries to compete by asking patrons to read for 15 minutes on Jan. 26 and 27.

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Public asked to report bat sightings

White nose syndrome leads to bats flying in winter or death.

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

Most Read