Stop Foreign Interference in BC Elections

Stop Foreign Interference in BC Elections

BC elections should be decided by BC voters.

But radical, American-funded activists want to shut down Canada’s energy industry — and that’s why they support John Horgan and the NDP’s radical plans to block pipelines, kill energy jobs, and keep gas prices rising.

These foreign-funded activist groups have deep pockets – and they’re trying to influence how British Columbians vote.

Only the BC Liberals will stand up for all hard working British Columbians – because we believe in opportunity for all of BC.

Learn more about the Control of Foreign Funding and Electoral Influence Act.

Sign and share our petition if you agree that we need to get foreign money out of BC politics!

News Release: Union-backed fundraiser rewards Bains and Horgan for special favours to labour bosses

News Release: Union-backed fundraiser rewards Bains and Horgan for special favours to labour bosses

May 23, 2019

BURNABY – John Horgan’s NDP government is bending over backwards to do the bidding of big labour backers – and tonight, union bosses are rewarding them with a cozy fundraiser in Burnaby.

Headlining tonight’s NDP fundraiser in Burnaby are labour minister Harry Bains, BC Federation of Labour president Laird Cronk, and Fed secretary-treasurer Sussanne Skidmore – two senior union leaders who are registered to lobby Bains, Premier John Horgan, and chief of staff Geoff Meggs on behalf of select unions represented by the BC Fed.

“With union donations now illegal in BC, NDP allies and insiders like the BC Fed have found a loophole – hosting fundraisers for the same NDP ministers they lobby behind closed doors,” said Jas Johal, BC Liberal MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “This cozy relationship between BC’s biggest union bosses, and the NDP government that’s giving them special treatment, just doesn’t pass the smell test for hard-working British Columbians struggling to get ahead.”

Between 2005 and the 2017 changes to BC’s political financing laws, the BC Fed and its member unions donated more than $12.4 million to the BC NDP, its riding associations, and its candidates.

And documents filed with the BC Registrar of Lobbyists show that Cronk, Skidmore, and other BC Fed officials have held closed-door lobbying meetings with Bains, Horgan, Meggs, and Cronk’s spouse Amber Hockin, a former NDP treasurer who is now a political appointee in Horgan’s office, a total of 27 times over the past year.

Horgan’s NDP government has repaid the BC Fed’s generosity with a series of handouts and special favours since taking power, including:

  • Giving BC Building Trades unions a monopoly on large provincial construction projects –excluding independent unions and unaffiliated workers who make up 85% of the workforce and drastically increasing cost to taxpayers.
  • Excluding non-union workers in government-funded social services agencies from wage increases.
  • Gutting BC Labour Code provisions that protect workers from “raids” between rival unions – putting workplace safety and stability in jeopardy.
  • Scheming to eliminate the secret ballot for union certification – exposing workers to workplace bullying and intimidation – until forced to back down under Opposition pressure.

“While fundraisers like this one may be within the letter of the law, British Columbians know that influential union lobbyists co-hosting exclusive fundraisers with NDP decision-makers is just plain wrong,” Johal added. “No wonder NDP-friendly union insiders are profiting from John Horgan’s blatant favouritism, while British Columbians keep working harder and fall further behind.”

Contact:

Deanie Wong
778-994-5083

BC Liberal Party launches proactive candidate recruitment drive in BC

BC Liberal Party launches proactive candidate recruitment drive in BC

Vancouver, BC — For the first time, the BC Liberal Party is embarking on a brand new, wide-open, proactive recruitment drive for potential candidates from all corners of British Columbia.

Women, millennials, and BC’s diverse communities are still under-represented in the Legislature. The BC Liberals want to change that by taking their recruitment efforts, Ready to Run BC, to the public, and reaching out to talented, passionate, free-enterprise individuals who may have considered running for office before, but didn’t know how to get involved.

The BC Liberal Party is a big tent organization with supporters from all ages, genders and ethnicities and it’s time to reflect that through our elected representatives.

BC Liberal Leader, Andrew Wilkinson, said: “I’m driven by creating opportunity for all of British Columbia. That’s why I’m proud to launch this proactive candidate recruitment initiative so we can start engaging with British Columbians who share our vision of BC. We’re looking for individuals, from all backgrounds and walks of life, who want to give back by making a meaningful contribution to the future of British Columbia.

Every political party including ours can, and must, do a better job at embracing diversity through merit — especially encouraging millennials, women and underrepresented communities to compete for nominations and run as proud BC Liberals in the next election, whenever that may be.

Our team is one where hard work is rewarded, enterprise is celebrated, and everyone is encouraged to participate. If that sounds like you, I want you to be a candidate on our team going into the next election.”

The application portal is available as of Wednesday, February 6 at www.readytorunbc.ca.

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Media Contact:
Deanie Wong
604-648-4228

Backgrounder:

The BC Liberals’ Ready to Run initiative is the first in a series of steps in order to be considered for candidacy in the next provincial election, whenever that may be. Registering interest on our new portal is followed up with a one on one conversation with party HQ staff, where prospective candidates can learn about process and expectations in order to move forward with a candidacy letter of intent.

We are encouraging British Columbians from every riding to participate; however we will be focusing our nomination efforts on currently unheld ridings until any incumbents have made their decision to retire. We are pleased we already have over 87 interested potential candidates in every region of the province, and we can’t wait to hear back from many more as we launch this first-ever recruitment effort.

LNG in BC: It’s here.

LNG in BC: It’s here.

As a councillor and then as Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation, I worked for years with my community to achieve the potential of LNG in British Columbia.

We recognized this potential because we lived it. We knew that BC is uniquely placed to provide natural gas to Asia as a cleaner energy source. And the prosperity that came with the early stages of LNG preparatory work transformed our community – providing jobs, dignity, and a bright future for our people.

Thankfully, we had a strong partner in the BC Liberal government. They also recognized how LNG could transform British Columbia for the better, and they worked tirelessly to make it happen.

This video is the story of how we got it done.

There were many who said it couldn’t be done.

As a member of a First Nation band and as a leader, I had to hear and read statements made by politicians who opposed LNG outright, even though they knew that this opportunity would help solve so many issues, including Indigenous poverty and climate change.

John Horgan called LNG “an industry that’s going nowhere”.

George Heyman, now the NDP environment minister, referred to LNG as “pixie dust”, and education minister Rob Fleming called it “pie in the sky”.

Michelle Mungall, now the NDP energy minister, said LNG “ain’t good for anybody in this province.”

Today, with the announcement of a final investment decision to build the Kitimat LNG project in my home community, the NDP will try to take credit for what is the biggest private sector investment ever made in British Columbia.

But you and I know that we wouldn’t be here today without the dedication of the communities that supported LNG, the BC Liberal team, and everyone who voted and volunteered for us along the way.

Thank you for doing your part. Let’s share this moment with pride.

Ellis Ross
BC Liberal MLA for Skeena

BC Liberals call on Elections BC to clarify referendum ballot

BC Liberals call on Elections BC to clarify referendum ballot

The BC Liberal Party is calling on Elections BC to add clearer instructions to the ballot in the upcoming referendum on proportional representation.

British Columbians who support the stability and accountability of our current First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) democracy have the right to vote only on Question 1 of the referendum, and choose not to express a preference on the models of proportional representation proposed in Question 2. They deserve clear instructions, right on the ballot.

Read the letter from party president Don Silversides below:

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Anton Boegman
Chief Electoral Officer
Elections BC
PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9J6

September 25, 2018

Dear Mr. Boegman:

RE: 2018 Referendum on Proportional Representation – Ballot Instructions

I am writing on behalf of the BC Liberal Party to express a concern regarding the upcoming referendum. That is the instructions to be provided to voters on the ballot.

First of all, I want to acknowledge the position in which Elections BC has been placed by the current government’s approach to the referendum. The delay in revealing the rules of the campaign, the process that produced those rules, and the confusing question and structure on the ballot have made your task all the more challenging.

We understand that voters who vote only on Question 1 will have their ballots considered valid. Voters may legitimately express no preference on the models of proportional representation listed under Question 2.

We submit that this should be made clear on the ballot itself. The existing version of the ballot available on the Elections BC website already includes some instructions for completion of the ballot. This additional instruction would be a straightforward and helpful addition. It could appear as follows:

You may vote on Question 1 and choose not to express your preference on Question 2.

We are hearing from many British Columbians who support the stability and accountability of the current first-past-the-post system that they plan to vote only on the first question. We believe they deserve clear and unmistakable instructions on the ballot that they have this right.

It is rapidly becoming clear that awareness of the referendum among voters is extremely low, and the time to inform British Columbians about the choice they face is rapidly running short. Adding clarity regarding that choice to the ballot instructions as we are requesting is a simple step Elections BC can take to make this referendum a little clearer, fairer, and more accessible.

Sincerely,
Don Silversides, Q.C.
President

Happy National Indigenous People’s Day!

Happy National Indigenous People’s Day!

It was over twenty years ago that the first National Indigenous People’s Day was held. Today, we continue that tradition by recognizing and celebrating the rich cultures and contributions of First Nations, the Inuit, and the Métis Nation across British Columbia and Canada.

This day has a great cultural significance for many Indigenous peoples because it also marks the Summer Solstice. Indigenous communities across British Columbia and Canada will gather to celebrate the beginning of the traditional summer harvest season and reflect on their culture, heritage, and history.

If you attended an event in your area, you can share your pictures and stories with the BC Liberal Indigenous Network using the hashtag #BCLPIN on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BCLPIN

On behalf of the BC Liberal Party, I wish everyone a Happy National Indigenous People’s Day.

Solomon Reece

President, BC Liberal Indigenous Network