David D. Kirkpatrick of The New York Times wrote in 2010:
“Private influence-seekers shower big contributions on politicians because they want to gain access and shape policy; they would not spend the money if they got nothing in return.”
Of course, all willing purchasers require a willing seller and never has British Columbia had a government more willing to dump public treasure on its friends. Despite claiming superior business skills, BC Liberals turned Kirkpatrick’s statement on its head. They spent public resources and got close to nothing for the public in return. At least, nothing that is disclosed on the record, in Canada.
I emphasize that numbers reported above are incomplete. Elections BC reporting facility is primitive, providing search intelligence that would have made a database manager proud, in the early nineties. Slightly different search criteria shows another $31,225 not included in the above.
If one searches for political contributions made by Peter Bentley, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Canfor (formerly Canadian Forest Products), or current Board Chair Ron Cliff, results depend on punctuation:
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