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BC's premier expected to make good on promise to ban large union, corporate donations

FILE: John Horgan arrives at Government House (June 29, 2017) (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130, Photo)

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The new budget from the NDP government is expected to include more details about Premier John Horgan‘s commitment to ban large corporate and union donations to political parties in BC.

On the campaign trail in April, he passionately promised to make that a priority.

“We’ve tabled legislation six times to ban big money in our politics. It distorts our politics and it gives the public the perception that if you can write a big enough cheque, you can get action and activity from government –you can get permits, you can get regulations changed, you can get contracts from government. In our first act in the Legislature upon forming a government will be to ban big money.”

Reporter: “How much of a political suicide would it be for you to change your mind after May 9th?”

“Well, I’m not going to change my mind. I’ve been passionate about this from the start. I believe that the government that is elected should work for the people that they represent. Not the people that write the cheques. When big dollars distort our politics and give the public the perception that if you give a big enough cheque, you can get contracts, you can get regulations changed –that distorts politics, that makes people cynical. The best way to eliminate that is to say ‘I don’t want your cheques.’ ”

Since April, several big-ticket NDP fundraisers have been held with Horgan repeatedly suggesting legislation to end that type of collection will become a reality this Fall.