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BR Election BC Review – CP

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017194 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Mar 31, 2017 

VICTORIA – Less than two weeks before a provincial election is called in British Columbia, a special prosecutor has been appointed to advise the R-C-M-P over possible violations of the province’s Election Act.

The Criminal Justice Branch said yesterday Vancouver lawyer David Butcher will help the Mounties as they investigate contributions made to B-C’s political parties.

Police began their investigation earlier this month into so-called indirect donations, where payments are made by an individual on behalf of an organization — a practice prohibited by the Election Act.

The B-C Liberal Party said last week it found 43 indirect political donations worth almost 93-thousand dollars, and that it planned to reimburse the money.

The Opposition New Democrats said they called for a special prosecutor, and admitted the party also received improper donations amounting to 12-thousand dollars.

A Liberal spokesman says the party is committed to ensuring the public has confidence in electoral financing, but the N-D-P say the Liberals have failed to support calls for banning corporate and union donations.

(The Canadian Press)



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