R.I.P. Big Money in politics: 1858-2017

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2017

R.I.P. Big Money in Politics: 1858-2017

VICTORIA — After more than a century of unlimited donations, corporate cronyism and declining public faith in institutions, Big Money was finally banished from B.C. provincial and municipal elections today as bills 3 and 15 officially became law.

“Nineteenth century reformers like Amor De Cosmos would be proud, I think, but a little shocked it took us this long,” said Kai Nagata, communications director at B.C. citizens’ group, Dogwood. “There’s still work to be done to clean up the ‘Wild West’, but British Columbians should be proud of this milestone.”

Dogwood’s criticism of B.C.’s lax donation system began in 2001 with the group’s advocacy for public disclosure of campaign contributions. Dogwood launched the #BanBigMoney campaign 18 months ago and has been pushing for a ban on corporate, union and out-of-province donations ever since.

In April 2016, Dogwood commissioned polling from Insights West that found 86 per cent of British Columbians in support of a ban. A lack of response from the governing BC Liberals turned corporate cash into a major issue in this year’s provincial election, which Christy Clark’s Liberals ultimately lost.

Dogwood continues to call for a broader public inquiry into corporate donations and how they may have tainted key government decisions, including on wildlife management, public contracts, natural resource permitting, casinos and housing policy. 

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More information:

Dogwood is B.C.’s largest non-partisan citizens’ group, uniting more than 260,000 supporters to take back power over our environment and democracy. www.dogwoodbc.ca/news.

Polling by Insights West from April 2016 can be found here.

16 Responses to “R.I.P. Big Money in politics: 1858-2017”

  1. John says:

    I couldn’t find any more information about this decision on the internet anywhere. Where did you get it?

  2. Susanne Shaw says:

    I can’t understand the ban against unions! Geez! They’re the good guys/gals–the working stiffs—and us retired working stiffs and injured working stiffs, etc.. Corporate skanks don’t need any help, except when trying to get into heaven (if such a place exists) at the end of their greedy, graspy, perverted, sordid, mean, nasty and wasteful lives.

  3. Judy Burwell says:

    Dogwood is an amazing organization and a major source of inspiration for many of us.

  4. Gary Young says:

    excellent start.. now ban them from lobbying as well.. further… no ex govt employee can be a lobbyist for 10 years

  5. eBike Ash says:

    What a blessing!!! Nice job, we are soooo thankful for your undying efforts!! Thanku, thanku!!

  6. Walden P Kunz says:

    Suzanne – There is no ban on union workers making donations, just the unions themselves. The union member’s dues shouldn’t be able to be funnelled into a political party against their will.

  7. Gordi Moore says:

    What dubious avenues will corporate, union and out of province “donors” travel down to subvert the new legislation? Banning lobbyists would be a first choice for me. People paid to lobby/subvert should find another job. A clean job, one not tainted with actions that are not in the best interests of the majority of citizens.

  8. Tirdad Bakhshi says:

    Bravo ! Keep up the good work and please fire your fishery minister !

  9. There was no way to stop corporate donations without banking union donations as well. I’d you watched the media, politicians taking union money in return for policy promises were demonized while the same from corporations were treated as business as usual.
    As a point of principle, in actually fine with that. Get ALL big o out of politics and perhaps we can get back to “one man one vote” as opposed to “one dollar one vote”.

  10. Heather says:

    I agree! There needs to be limits on corporate lobbying and they shouldn’t get any more access than ordinary citizens, maybe even less since they corporations don’t have the right to vote.

  11. Victor says:

    I am extremely proud of being part of this organization somehow and to see all the victories that are being achieved with hard work and support from people from BC!

  12. Richard Sharpe says:

    Having worked in a union environment for 15 years it is my firm belief that unions are as diabolical and untrustworthy as the big corporations they feed off.

  13. Antoinette Halberstadt says:

    You talking Federal fisheries minister, or what? Who?

  14. Graham E Robertson says:

    “banking union donations”? That’s a Freudian slip!

  15. Graham E Robertson says:

    That unions are as corrupt as bg corporation is debatable, at best, but you’re entitled to your opinion. More
    significantly, do you believe that big corporations are, for the most part, diabolical and untrustworthy?

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